Treks and tracks.


Well, there are treks, and there are trudges …

A trek, to me, is an adventure, whether I am heading down to the marina in Ecorse, or enjoying the nature nook at Council Point Park, or, maybe just tripping along Emmons Boulevard.

And, then there is “the trudge” … slogging through the rain, or the snow, to get to your destination.

There is no joy to be found in a trudge.

In fact, during the past two Winters, it seemed like my daily trudge outside encompassed trying hard not to land on my butt on the icy patches, dealing with the snow, snapping off those lethal-looking icicles and checking how large the bulbous-looking ice flow that was spewing out of my downspouts was that day. Oh yes – I would also run the car in the garage as it sometimes stayed in there for weeks at a time.  So, it seemed like all the days ran together and my posts were merely a compilation that could be entitled “The Daily Trudge Report”.

We were so spoiled this Winter season though – up ‘til now that is. I personally think that Winter has worn out its welcome these past few weeks.  It snowed again last night and just as finished shoveling this morning, the snowflakes started coming down fast and furiously, settling on my coat and on the concrete.  It was a little disheartening to say the least.

But, not everyone feels the same way about the Winter. My boss for instance.  He is up in Newberry, in the Upper Peninsula, for a few days on a mini vacation.  He drove some 360 miles to stay with friends up in God’s Country.   The snow up there is measured in feet, not inches, and the wilderness is so deep, that he had to drive 40 miles into town to call me to check for messages.  He had been snowshoeing and was singing the praises of the snowy forest and the nature he had seen.

I told him that it sounded fun, though it was really difficult for me to get enthused about any kind of snow, no matter how pretty it was, or how much fun it was to meander deep into a heavily wooded area wearing contraptions that look like tennis rackets bound onto your feet. In the past, I’ve received his Christmas cards that show him smiling, with a snow-encrusted handlebar moustache, bright red cheeks and head and neck bundled up with a heavy wool cap and warm scarf.  The backdrop for the pictures is usually exquisite.

To me, the only positive part of the recent spate of snowfalls has been exploring the various animal tracks in the backyard. In the newly fallen snow, the tracks are clearly visible, whether they are hops, steps or jumps.  I saw delicate hops by our feathered friends on low bushes, or on the patio or window ledges where they seek refuge from the elements.  Then, there were steps taken by squirrels as they walk around the backyard, searching for long-buried peanuts or other food treasures after they have had their fill of seeds from the birdfeeders.  Finally, there is the long jump – those big hops by the rabbits in the yard.  I caught sight of one in Marge’s yard yesterday and again today.  Its soft brown fur was glistening with snow and there was no camouflage to help him remain hidden in the all-white landscape.  He glanced at me, twitching his ears and was clearly scared.  I talked to him softly, but in the blink of an eye he bounded off.

While you’ll never catch me giving a ringing endorsement to the Winter season, I knew today’s post needed to boast about the beauty of this bunny in the snow.

The photo credit today goes to my friend and neighbor Marge Aubin whose camera captured this furry fellow in her backyard, then she sent me the picture. We’re not sure it is the same bunny I saw and it is not worth splitting hares, er … hairs, over.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Treks and tracks.

  1. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………….I don’t a;ways get the pictures that you send………………..what am I doing wrong?………..I’d like to see Marge’s bunny pic


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Hi Ann Marie – It isn’t you but I will send you what I get from WordPress because I subscribe to my own blog … I did this so I could see how everyone receives their post/picture. I will send you the link as well. Any time you don’t get the picture, be sure and let me know as I keep a folder of all the pictures I’ve used and I’m happy to send it to you, okay?


  3. Marge Aubin says:

    Wow! I hope this snow stops like right now. I am done with winter. Not only snow falling but it is damp. Well Mother Nature please turn off the white stuff. Linda tell your boss to take a camera. I bet he would see animals there.


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Marge – The snowing is out of control now! We were spoiled. I should have told Robb when I spoke with him to send me some pics, though he doesn’t carry a digital camera with him and uses his smartphone instead. It takes really good pics, but I doubt he took the phone with him into the woods while snowshoeing as he has no signal up there. He is in the middle of a heavily wooded area. He has to drive 40 miles one way into town to get a signal on the cellphone or use his laptop. It is damp – this morning they said on the weather report there was 99 percent humidity and it was foggy as well and snow was wet. There were tons of accidents as there was ice under the snow. Let’s fast forward to April.


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