We had another busy Saturday, with chain sawyers from Atrium Landscape thinning tress and the rest of us burning. The fuel burned much better than the soft, wet stuff of the preceding week, and the fires got seriously hot in a hurry. Snow didn't begin falling until the afternoon, a blessing for us in getting our work done.
I was gratified to see many people hiking the preserve throughout the morning, as well as the occasional cross-country skier. I'm surprised, though, we don't see more skiers, wondering if X-C skiing is becoming a lost art. I also wonder whether the paucity of snowfall in recent years has something to do with this.
In my recent ski treks at Swallow Cliff I seldom see another skier, and finding a set of usable tracks is also not that common.