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New year, new horizons, same old clowning around  :P Wind chill of 7F today.

 

This church is at the begining of a 3 mile stretch of powerline access road that I call Hump Alley. Named so because I hump my gear up and down this road in the spring. One side is swampy wetlands and the other side is a group of campgrounds and the local golf golf course.  The glassy peices in the big puddle are chunks of ice.

Cold as it was there just is something about January in the woods. 

 

 

 

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There are several dirt roads that leave the Alley and head deep into the swamp. They always make me think of big mouths.

 

I carry multiple Chap sticks for when I forget to take a scarf. I rub some on my cheeks and it prevents windburn.

 

I was going to grow a beard this year. The first thing I did when I got home was get the frozen snot out of it. So maybe I'll grow tomatoes instead.

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My fingers are turning pink even with gloves on and the cold is killing the camera battery. Ye old trash pile. Disappointing but sometimes you find some useful stuff here. I've found keys to a Toyota Tundra, pocket knives, vintage tools, magnets for stereo speakers, little plastic cigar tubes now if someone would be kind enough to drop a Busse knife or a Simonich blade I'd be more then happy to come out and rescue it.

 

Cotton for charcloth, glass for signal mirrors, My new camp hammock.

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Damn candy bars are frozen. Good thing I brought my new Estwing Sportsmans Axe. The candy bar actually cracked like a rock. I had this happen once with a Snickers bar. I stuck it under my armpit for an hour and it thawed right out. 

 

 

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Woke up to snow on the ground this morning.

 

 

Awww....that's soooo pretty.  Kind of like what we had back in November.  Glad you are enjoying it, Muddy.

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They can nowadays.  In the east the coyote is becoming a larger animal than it's smaller western plains cousins, mostly due to the availability of nutritious food.  Another theory holds that some have interbred with wolves.  Specifically, northeastern species--that means yours, MP--are considered to be the largest in the U.S.  Still, it was probably a large dog, but a coyote's paws can almost give it a comical look when you look at the relative size of them.

 

This is a quote from Project Coyote's Jonathan G. Way:

 

I recently reviewed available data on coyote mass (weight) throughout North America and found that the coyote living in northeastern North America is indeed the heaviest version of coyote. It is clearly heavier than the nearest subspecies of coyote, Canis latrans thamnos, found in the midwestern United States. While size dimorphism was observed between sexes (males being heavier than females), which is consistent with observations of other Canids, eastern coyotes were so big that females from the Northeast were 21 percent heavier than male coyotes from outside that region. Furthermore, although Bergmann’s rule (i.e., larger size with increasing latitude) has been posited to explain the larger sizes of mammals in colder climates, findings from my study indicate that longitude (degrees west to east) accounted for greater than four times the amount of variation in coyote mass than did latitude.

 

Here's a photo showing the relative size difference between coyote tracks and a bobcat track:

 

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~ From what I researched, coyote tracks are more oval than dog tracks (which are more round). A coyote track has a perfect X shape in between the paw pads as shown in the pic above. Dog tracks don't have the X shape in between their paw pad marks.

 

Here's another link.

 

http://www.wildernesscollege.com/coyote-tracks.html

 

Your track looks more round than oval to me.

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~ From what I researched, coyote tracks are more oval than dog tracks (which are more round). A coyote track has a perfect X shape in between the paw pads as shown in the pic above. Dog tracks don't have the X shape in between their paw pad marks.

 

Here's another link.

 

http://www.wildernesscollege.com/coyote-tracks.html

 

Your track looks more round than oval to me.

Great info, Taken. Thanks.

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I decided this morning that the best cure for a minor flu bug/ sinus cold/ red plague was fresh air and a little exercise. It was 45ish and windy so I buttoned up and took out my toys.

 

About 60 seconds of battoning with the Hoodlum, less if I hadn't stopped to blow my nose.

 

I got some odd looks by passing cars as I was dragging all this split wood home.

 

   

 

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My new Columbia woolly pants. This was the first time I've worn them outside. So far so good. Extra padding in the knees made working on the damp ground pretty comfortable. Big cargo pockets. I got my essentials to fit right on in. I take a walkie talkie during hunting season just to catch any cross talk. Today was the first time I've actually picked up a conversation. I was surprised as the road they were on was about six miles away and this walkie only has about a two mile range.

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~ Looks like some good therapy Muddy! I enjoyed it.  :thumbup:

 

It was just what I needed. I felt better outside then I do back in the house.

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Thanks for the break, Muddy. Just what I needed this afternoon.  Could you build a fire too?

 

Pretend it's a roaring fire and not a flaming cotton ball.

 

I picked up a sandwich on my way to work this morning. Then the phone rang, and thats as close as I got. So I brought with me. Breakfast tomorrow.

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