Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - As the last joys of winter melt away, I find myself jogging and striding up the Dan Moller Trail, sweat beading on my brow, pulse increasing, muscles tightening and loosening as my Kahtoola-clad running shoes follow a path that nature started but man refined.
The first snowmobile of the day had already ascended a notch I have been interested in all winter.
Behind me, volunteer members of the Juneau Snowmobile Club were grooming the trail for more to enjoy.
Often I find myself thanking nature for my outings.
Today I have to throw out a big thank you to JSC groomers Dylan Davis and his sidekick Nick Fargnoli as they and others have been responsible for much of my joy this winter.
Groomers open paths for snowmachiners, who in turn open paths for skiers, snowshoers, runners, hikers, dog aficionados, hunters, photographers and those who wonder what all the hub-bub is about.
So thank you to Dylan and Nick and to those who open some of my favorite trails.
To those of you who don’t wish to see humans when you venture out there are other paths to follow.
Sometimes even a tiny porcupine paw print has led me to my best outing and sometimes just a walk along a "sandy beach" or "out the road" is all it takes to sooth my soul, err, soles.
Remember - please dress accordingly for the weather and outing, bring appropriate hydration, food and gear, have a partner if possible, leave a trip planner behind with a responsible third party, and hike out with what you hiked in with.
Photos below are from Thursday’s trail adventure.