Well, the holiday season is pert near over, with work calling me back tomorrow afternoon. I figured I should get out one more time on the snowshoes, with the hopes that next weekend I'll get out stomping for rabbits when most of the late season deer hunting will be winding down.
There weren't many stories being told by the tracks in the snow, outside of rabbits running from hole to hole, squirrels from tree to tree, and a fox and coyote/dog checking it all out. It was neat, though, looking at the tracks that edged to the open bits of water on the frozen over creek that runs through this area, with a turkey braving the ice in the second photo.
I am new to snowshoeing, and have to tell anyone who has never given it a try : the energy you'll save by using snowshoes versus without them is SUBSTANTIAL. I don't have the numbers, but do have TOO MANY years of experience without them. They are totally worth the money and to learn to use them takes all of one or two walks.
For the sake of making some of this blog useful to someone, here is a link called First-Timer's Guide To Snowshoeing. Tons of info including links to various snowshoe manufacturers and a paragraph or two about the health benefits of snowshoeing.