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Six more weeks of winter?

Posted on Jan 31, 2014

Looks like winter has come back to Western New York once again! With Groundhog Day coming up this Sunday, many are wishing for an early spring and relief from the snow and record cold temperatures. However, the rest of us are hoping Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow and retreat back to his burrow, signifying six more weeks of winter to come. Regardless of whether spring arrives early or late this year, winter outdoor enthusiasts, including myself, will be getting out to enjoy the white fluffy stuff while we can. There are already plans being made for this upcoming weekend to get out on the sleds and see where the trails take us. A bunch of us might head out to ride in the Panama area, or take off towards Kennedy and ride the trails out that way. But throughout the weekend we will be sure to test out more of the “Nature at Your Fingertips” cell phone tour stops along the way to listen about and see some of the neat things around this scenic area.

The short video clip below was taken using our new GoPro a few weeks ago when we had good, snowy conditions and the trails were open for snowmobiling. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the landscape was beautifully buried in snow. My husband, father and I put on around 45 miles that afternoon and made our way from Bemus Point to Mayville, then took the long way back to Bemus through Stockton. This particular clip is of all of us running through a field on the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club’s trail system. As you can see it was nicely groomed by the hardworking volunteers of the club and was good and fast!

More videos will be coming after this weekend, so stay tuned!

Elyse Henshaw
Conservation Technician

Video © Elyse Henshaw