Last hike of the year 2022

Yesterday was the day after Christmas. After indulging for the past week or two (maybe more) I really felt the need to get moving. I slept in today but then I got up and cleaned house for a couple of hours while waiting for it to warm up some. My heated vest and gloves had been waiting to get tested so I decided it was time.

There is a park not far from me in Bristol, TN called Rooster Front Park. I like to take Harper there when the weather is nice. She is not a fan of the cold so I left her home this time. Since I wanted to get groceries, too, it was better that she stayed home.

The wetlands area of the park was frozen over.

There is a small, but very pretty waterfall at the park. It’s only about 1/4 of a mile in and I just wanted to see what it looked like with the temperature as cold as it’s been. It was only 28 degrees today but I stayed very warm. It was going to be too bulky with my coat on top of the vest and the huge gloves so i left it in the car. I had on a sweatshirt and a flannel over it. With the vest that was plenty warm enough for the top half. The bottom half was another story. My feet were fine. I was wearing hiking socks and boots. For some reason, though, I didn’t even consider my legs. I had on a pair of jeans but I didn’t layer anything under them. It wasn’t terrible at all, but my thighs were definitely feeling the cold by the time i made it back to my Jeep.

I took my gloves off long enough to get a selfie.

The water flowing gently over the rocks as I walked in was so soothing, but it did not compare to the cascading sounds of the waterfall. I was surprised that there were so many icicles, but I’m so glad because they made awesome pictures. Of course, it was prettier in person.

Huge icicles beside the waterfall.

After the time spent outdoors today I almost feel like a new woman. If you have the time and are in a location that makes it possible I encourage you to get out even when it’s cold. It really clears your mind and makes your world feel so much better.

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  1. I have never undertaken a winter hike. Also, the place where I live doesn’t receive snowfall. The lowest it gets here is around 4-5C. The terrain in your picture along with the snow looks great.

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