The snow has stopped falling, the temperature is warming, and Innsbrook looks even more magical under a soft white blanket, so our hike at 1 pm today is still on.
We love hiking around Innsbrook during the winter months as much as in warmer weather, but for different reasons. Our views and vistas are much broader with no leaves on the trees. Tracks in the fresh snow or frozen ground always amaze us with how many animals call Innsbrook home. There are frequent sightings of red foxes, hawks, rabbits, and bald eagles. And we don’t have to worry about ticks or poison ivy!
Please join us for our annual Nature Lover’s Winter Hike on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, at 1 pm for a 60-90 minute journey along the Lake Konstanz Trail. We enjoy this trail in the winter as it is largely protected from the wind and travels through several diverse micro-ecosystems including a pine forest where many critters bed down during winter weather. During last year’s Valentine’s Day hike along the Farmhouse Tyrolean Trail the windchill fell into the single digits, but we still had a good-sized group so don’t let this weekend’s forecast discourage you!
We will meet at the trailhead near the mailboxes just inside the Innsbrook gate at the Stracks Church Road entrance. Be sure to dress appropriately in layers for the weather and a hiking pole or stick is recommended with snow or ice on the trail. We will host hot chocolate drinks around a fire bowl at the halfway point on our property at 2210. The hike will be cancelled in case of severe winter weather so be sure to check our nature blog for the latest news. As this outing is not an Innsbrook sponsored event and we are an informal group, not a club, the decision to hike or not is at your own discretion and risk.
For those of you who can’t make it, don’t forget the Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Count the birds at your feeder and report the results at www.birdcount.org to put Innsbrook on the map.
Soaring high above the clouds or coasting on the wind currents, the American Bald Eagle makes Innsbrook its home year around. There are several sightings reported throughout the community. To catch a glance, the best viewing are lakes with trees along the shoreline. The American Bald Eagle enjoys finding a perch on the tree limbs scouring the water for a tasty fresh fish. Help us identify where is the best Eagle viewing lake at Innsbrook my taking our poll below.