Monday, February 7, 2011

Compton Hollow Conservation Area - Feb. 5, 2011

Hiking Compton Hollow Conservation Area


With our full weekend plans to hike and camp in Arkansas pretty much out of the question, my buddy Brian D. and I hiked a little conservation area just east of Springfield, out towards Seymour, Missouri. We hiked about five miles in eight to ten inches of snow.

Saturday's route


Getting there was a bit of trouble. When we stopped to read a sign on the side of the road, the car lost traction and slid several feet sideways, downhill. Every time we tried the gas, it would just break traction again and slide sideways a few inches. Seeing that I didn't want my wife's car to tumble 20 feet down an embankment and into some trees, we walked to the nearest house and borrowed a shovel. We then dug some ruts down through the underlaying ice layer and crossed our fingers that the car might shift down into the ruts and get some traction. Luckily it worked or we might have had a pretty bad day.


on the way there


we had some "car trouble".


Starting out

Brian D. and I, at the start


The area had quite a few small glades and fields to wander across.

the trail went through a handful of fields and glades


the trail went through a handful of fields and glades


As well as a few old cow ponds

an old cow pond


The trail sees several types of traffic, but the only company we had all day were a handful of deer that crossed in front of us. Of course, by the time I got to the camera, they were nothing but tracks.

trail marker


Creek

small creek


there averaged about 8 inches of snow, for five miles


Brian and I

Brian D. and I


there averaged about 8 inches of snow, for five miles


Brian D. and I


Looking over an adjacent property

looking over an adjacent property


the trail went through a handful of fields and glades


the trail went through a handful of fields and glades


An abandoned house along the outer road

old house along the outer road


Long shadows

there averaged about 8 inches of snow, for five miles


Bird tracks

bird tracks


Deer tracks were everywhere

deer tracks


Either a small dog or a large cat

maybe cat tracks, maybe a small coyote or fox. couldn't tell for certain.


the trail went through a handful of fields and glades


the trail went through a handful of fields and glades


The end

end of the walk

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