January 3, 2019, Prescott-
A friend and I had planned on taking some local children to an ice skating rink today. The kids got sick last night, so the two of us went on a hike in our local wonderland, Granite Dells, instead. We chose Constellation Trail, on the west side of the Dells, and so named for a plane which crashed in the area, in 1959.
I have been on the Constellation Trail several times, but never in snow and ice. As the snow was not deep, it was fairly easy to navigate-save for one small detail. The snow and ice cover obscured the trail, in places, thus making it easy for us to be diverted to one side ravine after another. I’ve done this before, elsewhere, when the trail has become smudged or eroded.
It was not a hard hike, otherwise, and though we did not get to the top of the ridge, 2.8 miles were walked, in a most serene setting.
Afterwards, we went back to friend’s house, had lunch and I met her husband. It pays to go with the flow, even that of ice and snow. No, neither of us fell, thanks to the fiberglass poles and our own surefootedness.