Today I woke up to a winter wonderland. Everything was coated in a layer of heavy snow, and powdered sugar flakes were falling at a steady pace, as if they were being shaken onto the world.
This afternoon, it was still snowing as I left school. The dogs and I hopped in the car right away and headed to a local park. Once there, we veered off the paved path and climbed down the ravine path. At first, the path was clear. It was beautiful and silent, with snow covering all the trees and the occasional sound of a pile of snow falling from a branch to the ground.
We hit our first obstacle about a half mile down the trail. Suddenly, a large tree covered the path. It was obviously a victim of Hurricane Sandy and I should have realized that where there was one, there would be many. But I didn’t. So we climbed over the trunk and went on our way. Then we hit another tree. And another. And another. For about a half mile, we were climbing over and under huge trees. Entire trees were strewn across the trail and it took us double our normal walking time. But at least the dogs got a lot of exercise jumping and climbing over the trunks and branches!
We ended up having to turn around and repeat the same jumps when the path became too difficult to traverse. But it was a great walk regardless. Lots of physical and mental exercise for everyone!
*Check out the shout-out that the Slice of Life Challenge got on The NYTimes Learning Network blog today!