One of the best things about running year-round on the same trails is watching how the trails and the river change with the seasons. Sometimes there are huge changes just over a few days.
This was the beaver dam just last week during the dreaded Polar Vortex. There was a bit of water going over the dam, but the river was mostly frozen. The water drops a couple of feet as it comes over the dam.
This is the same view this week. The temperature is in the low forties, there has been a lot of rain, and the snow has melted. Now the water only drops a few inches as it comes over the dam.
And this is a summertime picture of the same place. The rising and falling of the water can completely change the landscape. When the river is really high, the trails disappear. The difference can be quite disorienting, as many of my usual landmarks are buried. The snow changes the landscape, too, but not usually as much.
I’m lucky to live so close to the trails, but you can even see this difference in your neighborhood. Look at people’s yards, flowers, and trees, in the summer, the wet, and the snow. The change can be amazing…go check it out!