When I moved to Potsdam my parents bought property to build a cabin so they could summer up here near us. (They winter in Florida close to my brother.) My dad built an awesome cabin himself. Turned out rather nice I would say.
Not bad for a retired social worker.
Last weekend I was walking my dog on the property and this is what I saw….
What do you see? Tell you what I saw. About 4 miles of single track winding around the property.It’s something I have been thinking about for a while, but the activities near the Pavements Edge (Hi Chris!) have inspired me to take action this year.
My parents have 80 acres of woods and wetlands. Winter is a nice time to walk around because the leaves are down and you can see paths. I walked around and kind of meandered where the topology and spacing between the trees took me. I think I can get a pretty good trail down in the woods. The property is pretty flat, but I am sure we can get some rolling pumping sections into it. Should be fun. It’s a little difficult to fully access the situation right now because we are covered in snow and ice. I know there is a lot under the snow that will need to be dealt with. That includes the fact that there are wet areas and streams that will need to be confronted, but are “hidden” right now.
My goal for February is to mark out the trail. I know the 40 acres right behind my parents cabin pretty well and so have a good picture in my mind how I want it to go. That will make a good start. Then I can branch out and expand the system into the areas of the woods that are less familiar to me. Noah, my hard working 11 year old, is psyched to get out and mark some trails that will be ours. Even Bailey the teen is excited to have his own trails to ride.
So even though spring is still a bit off, preparations for biking season are beginning!
Picture of the Day
(I saw this guy when I was checking on the cabin for my mom and dad a week ago. He’s looking down into the pond we dug behind my parents cabin. The picture doesn’t give you a real sense of the size of that bird.)