Fore River Sanctuary

I don’t know how the Fellowship of the 9 did it…

On Saturday morning we reached 34 degrees in Portland. From there it gradually went down till it reached 4 degrees by around nightfall. However, it was beautiful and sunny, so Sabrina and I decided to hike the Fore River Sanctuary Trail, a part of the Portland Trails network. I had never walked a Portland trail, so I was interest to find out if it was just a trail through the backyards of some sketchy neighborhoods, or if it is really like a nature walk.

It’s a nature walk. Through snow. That you sink into. Picture a path through the woods, up and down hills, that is covered in 6 inches of sand. Now, walk it in boots. That’s what we did, except the sand was white. And while Sabs is running along like Legolas on top of the snow, I am plunging further and further into the drifts, (I would like to picture that I am Gandalf, but probably and most likely I am Gimli).

However, all of the sweating and freezing aside (did you know you can do both at the same time? The wonders of the human body!), it was a beautiful walk. We were completely alone in the woods, crossing the river on several little bridges, wandering through the glades. It’s what I would like my backyard to be.

BTW, on our way back to the car at about 1pm, it was 25 degrees with a 26 mph wind, so it felt like 9. Wee!

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Sabrina is pleased to be outside in the snow. She does her best impression of Richard Simmons.

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This is the first little foot bridge that we came (and went) across. Picturesque!

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Uplifting commentary…

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This is my Gandalf staff that I used to lever myself out of snow drifts and up steep inclines.

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The bridge of Khazad dum.

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This was the glade that we found. The trees were packed so closely together that sunlight barely filtered through. Mystical! Magical!

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The Fore River in Winter

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Another…

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And this is from my back porch. I think that’s Venus, or some planet or something.

If you have a free Saturday you should definitely check out the Portland Trails system. I know I will be revisiting this trail.

…in June.

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One Response to Fore River Sanctuary

  1. Sabs says:

    We should go again this weekend!

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