Tag Archives: Carleton Arb

Does the Carleton Arb have a new contender for the title of ‘Spooky Old Tree’?

spookyoldtreecoverBack in 2008, I blogged about the demise of the spooky old tree in Carleton’s Lower Arb.

Last week, Robbie and I had breakfast with Northfield newcomers Rebecca Bliss and her husband Don Hasseltine (new VP of External Relations at Carleton). 

When I told their young daughters about the spooky old tree in the Arb, they alerted me to a spooky tree they discovered in the Upper Arb that "only creaks when people walk by."

DSC08669 DSC08666 Tree in the Upper Arb that "only creaks when people walk by." Freaky!
So with moms and dogs in tow, we paid the tree a visit on Tuesday and sure enough, it creaked just loud enough for a hearing impaired geezer to hear.  Freaky.

In search of spring

Spring in the Upper Arb Spring in the Upper Arb Spring in the Upper Arb
After getting several copies of this via email and tweets last week during our miserable wet cold spell, I went in search of spring in the Upper Arb Sunday morning, our first sunny day in a looooooooooooong time. I didn’t find much. Alas, the forecast calls for more cold rain and slushy snow mid-week. Sigh.

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Photo album: scenes while snowshoeing in the Arb

Robbie and I strapped on our 40-year old Vermont Tubbs wooden snowshoes on Saturday afternoon and went for a short trek in lower Arb along Spring Creek.

Amy Boxrud Doug Bratland Fireplace at the Contented Cow Contented Cow
We had to contend with hordes of pesky cross country skiers like the above hotshots, Amy Boxrud and her main squeeze, Doug Bratland. We ended with drinks in front of the fireplace at the Contented Cow.

See the album of 14 photos, the large slideshow (recommended), or this small slideshow:

It’s a winter wonderland out there. Get out and enjoy it.

Cross country ski trails in the Lower Carleton Arb Cross country ski trails in the Lower Carleton Arb Cross country ski trails in the Lower Carleton Arb Cross country ski trails in the Upper Carleton Arb
It was heaven on the cross country ski trails in the Carleton Arb yesterday morning. The college has groomed some trails for skate-skiing in the Upper Arb and some for Nordic skiing in the Lower Arb.  And of course, there are many places to go off the groomed trails.

Snowshoe and ski trails around Hidden Valley Park Snowshoe and ski trails around Hidden Valley Park Snowshoe and ski trails around Hidden Valley Park Snowshoe and ski trails around Hidden Valley Park
Like many people in Northfield fortunate to live adjacent to one of our fabulous City parks, those of us in the Valley Pond Townhome Association can go out our back doors and snowshoe and ski around Hidden Valley Park.

Photo album: cross country skiing in a blizzard in the Carleton Arb

Cross-country skiing on the Ann Sipfle Memorial Ski Trail in Carleton’s Lower Arb yesterday was memorable.

 Tim Vick, Laura Vick in the Carleton Arb Blizzard in the Carleton Arb Ann Sipfle Memorial Ski Trail
There were a few of us making the round trip from Lyman Lakes to Waterford Bridge and back, including Tim Vick and his daughter Laura.

See the album of 20 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow: