The snowless days are ending; I’ll be shoveling my driveway in just a few days, if the forecast holds. This was my last chance to visit some nearby trails before winter conditions set in. I had planned to walk up a hill with a pretty view, but decided at the last minute to stick to level paths. I went to Pawtuckaway State Park and explored the northwest corner of the park via Reservation Road and Round Pond Road.
Reservation Road in Pawtuckaway State Park, December 26, soon to be snow-covered.
North Mountain seen from Round Pond Road. This must be a wonderful birding spot at dawn and dusk.
I don’t know what agency or company owns this odd square-shaped antenna on North Mountain.
Round Pond, harshly lit on a brilliant sunny day. The pond is about two and a half miles from where I parked on Reservation Road.
A side trail off Round Pond Road leads to the Boulder Field, where the woods are full of large glacial erratics. Dozens of rock climbers were nearby practicing their craft.
I heard a pileated woodpecker hammering away on my way to the pond, and saw this (but no woodpecker) on my return walk.