I'm lucky to have a close friend who loves walking in the woods even more than I do. We revisited the Cathance River Preserve in Topsham, a beautiful little spot hidden behind a retirement community. We spent an hour or two wandering through the evergreens along the sometimes quiet and sometimes roaring river. It was cold and windy enough to make my nose go all sniffy, but I warmed up with a little help from the sun and the shelter of the trees. We met just 2 other people along the way and saw deer tracks. This preserve is one of the few in the area that forbids hunting, though it is bordered by a large tract of land in which hunting is allowed, so we wore ever-fashionable blaze orange hats, just in case. Because we're all about balance, we followed up with pizza at Portland Pie before heading home.