I finally braved the elements and headed for the shoreline, hoping to be able to handle the snow drifts. We have had some thaws, and the sun has reduced the barriers as one approaches the sandy beaches. The tide was low on this day, and this orange ball was the only item I picked up. It weighed at least a pound and had a hole through the middle. It was a trawlnet ball (made in Denmark!) that had washed in. It was too heavy, unless you wanted to exercise your arm muscles by throwing. I carried it as I followed the paths off the beach and onto Joe's Head. If you stay on the paths made by others, it is not too tough on the legs. I noticed even deer seemed to use these paths instead of forging through the deep encrusted snow. Actually, I saw four deer as I made the turn in to Head Beach.

It may look inviting, but when you hike into the wind, you have to cover your face and wear dark glasses or your eyes will water! Actually, I sat at a picnic table near where this picture was taken and picked up some Vitamin D as I rested. When you get out of the wind, it was quite pleasant and comfortable though down in the 20 degree range. I proceeded along the beaten trail enjoying the beauty. This next picture made me think someone had built an igloo! But there were no human tracks around.

I came back by way of Island Road, and stopped to take in the iced over harbor scene. The tide still comes in and out, but mostly underneath the ice. Do you recognize this site? Needless to say, there is no clam digging being done these days. Maybe the clammers are making a living by plowing snow. There are lobstermen who venture out to sea, but they pick their days and mostly return home by sunset.

Since we had those few days of thaw, everything has iced over again. My driveway is a sheet of ice, luckily it is mostly level.

Looks like more snow is on the way, but not the monster storms we've had previously.
2/11/11 Ronnie, almost iced in.