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We were the only people out skiing yesterday. It was cold again, around 4 degrees when we exited the car. We noticed a lot of frost on the trees and skied down to get some photos. While we were taking photos the wind came up and blew the frost off of the trees and we ended up in a blizzard of frost.

We then skied down to look at the ice wall and check for Bald Eagles. No eagles in sight but we did see a couple near the trail head when we drove into town. The ice wall is looking the best that I can remember.

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Once again we decided to head down to the Red Cedar Trail for some Cross Country Skiing. It was supposed to start warming up but on this morning it was only about 9 degrees. It was cold enough that there was some frost on the trees just south of Irvington. The weather report for the rest of the week was for 30 and 40 degree temperatures which are too warm for skiing. Look like this was our last chance to ski for a while.

The winter cattails were very striking against the snow.

About the 5 mile mark on the trail the snow from the previous day was still hanging on the trees.

After blowing snow we decided to drive down to the Red Cedar State Trail and check on conditions. As it turned out the trail had not been groomed after a foot of heavy wet snow. Someone had broken trail for about 100 yards but after that we ended up being the only people on the trail. It was really beautiful with the trees covered in wet snow. We decided to ski down to the ice wall located about a mile and a half up the trail.

 

When we reached the ice wall we started looking to see if any eagles were around. My wife spotted two of them on their favorite perch above the ice wall. While we were photographing the ice wall they flew across the river to their nest. We watched as they seemed to be cleaning the snow out of the nest.

 

When we woke up it was -17 and no wind. I knew it would be a great day to find some frost along the Red Cedar State Trail. I planned on going alone but my wife didn’t want me out in this weather by myself so she decided to come along. When we arrived at the Irvington Parking Lot we could see the frost covering the trees. We skied south on the trail for a short distance because that is where the best frost can be found. More photos from the Red Cedar Trail cam be found on my website.

We were really cold because I was stopping for photos all the time. As long as we were on the trail we decided to ski down to the ice wall that forms every winter along the trail. It was difficult skiing because there were quite a few places along the trail where ice was overflowing the trail. In addition, there was barely enough snow to set a track. the ice wall was in peak winter condition.

 

A variety of flowers are blooming along the Red Cedar State Trail. The most common flowers are the Touch-me-nots which are blooming all along the trail.

Pale Touch-me-not

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Spiderwort

Motherwort

Chickweed

Blue Verian

Blooming Grass

On a walk along the Red Cedar Trail we found a number of interesting insects including the first ever Black Swallowtail Caterpillar.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Japanese Beetle

Question Mark

Millipede

 

We were out for a walk on this beautiful spring day and noticed a large number of flowers on the Red Cedar Trail.

Marsh Marigolds

Bloodroot

Common Blue Violet

Spring Beauty

It’s the end of the winter and the ice along the Red Cedar State Trail is starting to rot. The trail is not in the best of shape during the transition from winter to spring. Folks have been walking on it a are making a mess. We manage to walk along the edge where there was solid footing.

On a recent hike on the Red Cedar State Trail we found some leaves that had frozen into the ice along the trail.

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