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Trail Maintenance

February 5th, 2019

My goal this winter is to do some trail maintenance every time I head out for a snowshoe. It won’t be much, maybe 10-15 minutes a day spent cutting down saplings, dragging downed branches off the trails, and marking the different trails on the property. Yesterday, while out, I noticed the top of an aspen tree that came down at some point this winter, it will make for some nice firewood.

Luckily, it’s right on the trail and fairly close to the house. I also try to take notice of any interesting and beautiful things along the trails. This old tree was amazing, as was the ice flowing over this rock.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 5 days into February, before long my free time will be spent seeding, planting, and working in the garden. I’m trying to soak up as much of this off season as possible. I often feel seasons help us appreciate each thing for what it is. I enjoy gardening, but also enjoy the bit of break to focus on other things I enjoy during the off season.

What are you enjoying during this off season from gardening (if in fact you live in an area where you have an off season)?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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