I was at Eastern Mountain Sports in Wilton on Saturday, and customer after customer was renting snowshoes.
Snowshoeing is a great activity, and fun when the snow is right, but the conditions as of this weekend didn't require them unless you were heading into the High Peaks or backcountry of the Adirondacks.
All you need to head into the woods onto many of our more popular local trails at this point of winter, when the snow is packed down, is a pair of microspikes or Yaktrax for your boots and some good hiking poles to help coming down.
My wife and I had a couple of free hours on a balmy Sunday morning, so we took a ride up to the Lake George Land Conservancy's property around The Pinnacle, off Edgecomb Pond Road in Bolton.
We wandered on and around the pond, then made our way to the overlook at The Pinnacle, where the views of the lake and mountains to the east were fabulous. Surprisingly, we saw only three other people on the one-mile trail to the overlook.
We could see the bulk of the middle of the lake was still open, but the bays were frozen and loaded with ice fishermen. With no real cold in the forecast over the next week or so, it remains to be seen when, or if, the deepwater parts of the lake will freeze. That is kind of surprising considering how cold it was a few weeks ago, but ice on Lake George depends on wind, and not the cold. When the wind is blowing, it doesn't allow ice to stay in place.
-- Don Lehman