Your cross-country skis, snowshoes, and winter running Yak Trax stabilizers may not serve much purpose on the trails this week, but that doesn’t mean the woods aren’t worth exploring. I recently ventured out on a trail run/hike/unintentional skate/nearly-accidental swim. And while conditions ranged from partially icy to partially muddy to partially frozen dirt, as is common during the shoulder seasons, I am pleased to report there was not a single black fly, tick or mosquito sighting. Which means the weather and the conditions were just about perfect for vigorously wandering around.