I recently went on a walk in a park I'd never been to. Along my way, I discovered the park had an old system of wooden bridges that were, unfortunately, no longer in commission. I thought they were really neat as they extended quite high into the air. The kid in me really wanted to bound across them!
What sights have you taken in on your winter walks? Have you spotted any cool animals? Share a photo!
I try to walk at least 30 Min, even when it is bittercold here (in the 30 ). I walk in a metro park and see all the deers it is soo beautiful and peaceful. After this walk I always feel great and energized and are happy that I forced myself to get out there!
I do a lot of searching for 'abandoned history' in Shenandoah NP which was the home of many mountain residents who were displaced when it was designated a national park 90 years ago. Most traces of any habitation have been reclaimed by Mother Nature, but chimneys and artifacts still exist, as do an estimated 100+ family cemeteries. Most require arduous off-trail bushwhacks into wilderness, so doing this is only possible during winter months when vegetation is dead.
Here are a couple of photos from the current bushwhacking season. The first picture was taken on an adventure last month. The cemetery photos were taken last week. As you can see, finding or seeing any of this would be impossible during the summer when everything is green.
This abandoned upside-down vehicle was found down an old road trace.
Many of the family cemeteries were marked with fieldstones -- a headstone and footstone. They were often uninscribed since the burials were on family property and the family knew who they were.
This cemetery with approximately nine native stones was accessed by following an overgrown road trace that was once converted into a trail, but long since abandoned.
If you want something useful to occupy your brain, study the condition of sidewalks to determine which concrete company makes the best sidewalks in your area. Read the manufacturers' stamps on old sidewalks in good condition. You won't be able to determine the worst manufacturers because their stamps will have become illegible due to rapid erosion. Newer sidewalks are whitish because white Portland cement has become popular in the last 20 years.
Thus, I determined that the best concrete company in my area is Robert R Andreas & Sons Inc.. Their stamps are still legible after 60 years.
Concrete is a scientifically fascinating material. It takes years for concrete to fully harden. The reason that sidewalks are laid in sections is that Portland cement shrinks when it sets. When large sections are laid, as in swimming pools, an expansive ingredient is added to offset the shrinkage. Also, the less water that is added to the mixture, the stronger the concrete, so an ingredient is added to increase the flowability so water can be reduced. Also, increasing the air content is supposed to increase resistance to cracking (which I doubt), so there is another ingredient for that too.
Maybe, the best concrete companies are owned by the Mafia because they want their dead bodies to stay buried. Just kidding.