Early Winter Safety: Exploring New Territories

To the West of our property there is a large swamp. Well, thanks to busy beavers it's really a lake. Which is great, normally, as it serves as a natural boundary for most part of the year.

Now, with the cold weather, the swamp is frozen.

Frozen enough to appear solid but not enough to trust it.

Before, when Cookie went on her hunting trips, she never got into the swamp, simply because the critters didn't. Now it's a different story. I'm sure that a deer or a moose wouldn't venture across. Something smaller, though ...

The other day, both Cookie and JD went chasing something and ended up on the other side of the swamp.

Fortunately, both the critter and our guys made it safely. But we had to rethink our daily routes.

In order to play it safe we decided to stay as far away from the swamp as possible and had to make trails through parts we've never been to before.

Cookie and JD think it's a great adventure.

Exploring new territories is great fun for them. And we keep safe distance from the swamp. Which has to be pretty far because Cookie can fly through the bush at nineteen miles an hour. I kid you not. She could be on the other side of the swamp before we'd even notice she was gone.

Sometimes she reminds me of Crocodile Dundee. You're looking at her, she's right there. You blink and she's gone. Just like that. Before you'd even know to call her back it could be too late already.

Until the lake freezes solid, we'll be staying away.

After it does, then it'll be a whole new fun, making snowmobile trails for the guys.

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