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“Rowen”, Our Newfies, First Easter.

by Anura Guruge


Water does not scare her, BUT she is still curious.

Will NOT drink from streams or lakes! Will sniff it … will pee in it, BUT will not drink. Only drinks from bowls or from a hose. That will sure change.



125-days old. That is 4-months & 5-days. Getting big. We have had her just over 9-weeks. She has changed our lives! Great dog. Lot of fun.

Forget what folks tell you about Newfies. She has become a GREAT walking dog. She, furthermore, enjoys her walks now that she has got it figured. Walks 4-miles with me every morning. She is FINE. She is getting STRONG.

So, why don’t I post more pictures of her. It is very difficult for I to get pictures of her! She is always so close to me. If I stop she is all over me. Standing up. Same at home. So, I have to rely on others.


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Newfie “Rowen’s” Very First Encounter With An Unfrozen Stream — Cute.

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It was cute. Temperatures here have only gone above freezing (& even then just during sunlight hours) in the last couple of days. So, everything has been frozen solids — & the lakes are still frozen. This stream, across a little-used hiking trail that I often frequent, just broke free from the grips of what was a hard & harsh winter. You can still see the ice in protected ‘coves’. Well, it was all knew to Rowen, who was born in Iowa, on November 30, 2020. He is indeed a snow puppy.

She walked into the water without any fuss. She is familiar with water. She has had enough baths & loves playing in her water bowl. BUT she would NOT drink the water — though she, as is common with that breed, is always thirsty. She didn’t even sniff it. But, I am sure she will work it out in no time. Braxton, as is his wont, was lapping away. She paid no heed.


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First Walk On Lake This Winter — & It Was Pretty Cool.

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Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).

I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.

But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — March 14, 2020.

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Making Tracks On Virgin Snow Across A Frozen Pond In Alton, N.H. — Temp. -12C (10F).

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Today.


So, why didn’t I walk all the way to the island? Good question. That, of course, was the plan. Explore the island. I have never been to it — Summer or Winter. This is not a pond that I have explored though I drive or walk by it often. It is in Town — not close to home and my daily hikes. This was the first time I had ventured onto it. As you can see there were no other tracks since the snowstorm 3-days ago. That makes me cautious. Don’t want to fall through the ice again. There is a river on the other side of the road and I wasn’t sure if there was any moving water below the ice. Moving water isn’t good. Well, as I got to the island I ran into mush — water above the ice. Not good. The ice was probably thick enough but I was not in the mood to get my feet wet. So, that is the full story.


The short hike across the pond was but a diversion on a longer walk — most of it close to water. I was waiting for somebody to finish some testing at school. So, I only had, at most, 1.5 hours. I was timing myself. Did good. Timed it to 5-minutes. It all worked out. She was ready to be picked up. I did close to 4-miles. I topped it up and got my 10K steps for the morning when we got home. Nice walk. I enjoyed it.


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I Walked Across A Very Frozen ‘Halfmoon Lake’ (N.H.) Today & It Was Pretty Cold At -12C (10F).

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Today.


Last ‘Week’ (Jan. 8, 2020)


Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire, is frozen solid (bar a few spots where there is still some running water coming in, under the ice, from brooks).

Today, for the first time, I saw a motorized vehicle on the lake — a 4-wheeler. That is always good as far as I am concerned. If the ice can support the weight of a vehicle it should be able to handle my 146 lbs (66 Kg).

It was cold today. It was 8F (-13C) when I left the house. But, 8F was a few degrees above my 5F cut-off, plus I really needed to get a walk in. I had had two days off — one because it really was below 5F.

Despite what folks often think, I am not as stupid as I look & act. SMILE. There is method to my madness. At 66 I am NOT going to take too many chances with cold weather. Plus, we had some stuff to do this afternoon. So, I kept my walk short, i.e., less than 4 miles. I knew I would be doing some more walking later in the day and that I would be easily exceeding my 10K step goal (and I did by 4pm).

It was bracing. The sun was out. It was still. No wind. There was an ice fisherman. That was about it. He and I on the Lake — or on that side of the lake.

I was happy.


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I Was More Adventurous Today On My Quick Hike Across Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.

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Yesterday.


I was more confident of the ice conditions today than I was yesterday.

Still NO snowmobile tracks and that is what I typically use to gauge the safety of the ice.

But, I was more adventurous today. Plus, I didn’t have as much time. I had already walked 2.5 miles BEFORE I got to the Lake and distance = time and I am always in short-supply of the later.

So, on the way back I cut across the Lake rather than taking the longer router hugging the shoreline. It was fun. Dogs loved it.

Pretty soon I will he heading straight out — like an arrow. You wait and see. SMILE.


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A Delightful 4-Mile Hike Around Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.

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Note that I said I walked around it, and not across it. This is our lake (i.e., we have beach rights to it and we live about 0.5-mile from it) BUT I had not ventured out on it so far this year.

At our end, as image two (above) shows it was virgin snow. Those are my boot-prints and paw prints of my dogs.

Over the 27-years I have lived by (or on) lakes up here I have fallen through the ice five times. Not in any hurry to add to that — especially in my old age.

Typically I wait for and follow well compacted snowmobile tracks. That way I can be sure that ice is thick enough. Today, I had no clue and this is still early days and we have had some unusually warm days. So, I (for a change (befitting my increased age)) played it safe. Stayed close to the shore, but as the GPS track shows I did venture out in certain spots. Once, when I was further out than I planned I heard the ice crack TWICE. Not funny.

But, it was a wondrous walk. I don’t know this lake as well as I should because we have never been out in it by boat. I swim, go out on it in my iSUP or a pedal-boat. So, I haven’t been all the way around. This was good. I will be doing it again. SMILE. I will keep you posted.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — November 13, 2019.

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