Now that the cooler weather has arrived, I’ve been getting outside much more to take care of some projects I’ve been thinking about all summer long. Cutting trails in the woods is one of those projects.
Actually, I’ve been thinking about cutting trails a lot longer than just this summer. I’ve been thinking about it pretty much forever. I love doing it. I can remember cutting trails up on our mountain back when I was a kid. I’d make paths all over the place through those cedar trees. Well defined paths too because cedar trees are thick and when you take a few out, you can really start to see what you’re doing.
The trail I cut yesterday and today isn’t through any majorly tough terrain or brush. It was just through our maple forest, but that doesn’t make it any less cool than any other trail. It’s cool.
I got the idea a few days ago while walking around taking pictures with Laura. I found some open type areas that I thought I could work with and began clipping. Here I am thinking about things.
Basically, now that I cut a new trail, you don’t enter the woods the way you used to. You now get in right past the pond. I cut the first trail to the left of our bench.
This was easy to cut because it was all high grass.
I decided that it would be really neat if once you get past the beginning of the trail, you can take a left or a right. The left brings you into the woods and the right brings you around the backside of the pond. Here is the fork in the road.
To go left and into the woods, you take this trail…
And if you wanted to walk around the back of the pond, you make a right down this trail…
The trail is a loop, so you really can get anywhere from either trail. I’ll show you a few more spots around the loop.
I took these pictures as I walked around the back of the pond, so I took a right. When I got to the stump from the maple tree I took down over the winter, you make a left.
And if you continue on, you walk the entire loop back to the area you would be if you made a left in the beginning.
Pretty nice, right? All I did was take down a few small trees with my clippers and then buzz through the area with the push-mower. What I was left with was a sweet new walking path I can use for my morning coffee walk. Let me know what you think.