I don't own crampons, so the easiest winter hike is literally a walk in the park. I can force myself to do a single loop (3.35 miles) even if I'm not in the mood for it, and I've learned that I can eke out another 3.35 miles if I reverse directions at the end. (Going around a second time in the same direction seems all too boring, even though I'm listening to an audiobook or podcast the whole time! Go figure - it's all about psychology.)
Something has caused this pine to lean in...
Pine tilting toward three-quarters moon
Just beyond the pine, there are two trees that are simply dazzling in winter. (I'm always surprised that no one else stops to ogle them as I do.) I think the effect may be due to the color of their bark; it's silvery white, and yet it seems simultaneously to glow gold in the afternoon light. On a sunny day, against the bright winter sky, with snow on the ground, the quality of the light is arresting.