exploring winter wonderland

It’s that time of year again: Winter!  We can gripe and whine about ice, cold and crappy roads, OR we can get excited about snowshoeing. Quite frankly, I prefer getting excited about snowshoeing. And skiing. And tobogganing. And building snowcreatures and forts. And snowball fights… and, well, winter.
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As tempting as curling up with a blanket and hot chocolate might be, an afternoon spent on the trails is far more memorable and way more fun.

For starters, when I look back at the first time I tried cross-country skiing, it undoubtedly puts a smile on my face. Sure, thanks to gentle hills on that curving path, most of the time the view looked an awful lot like this:

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… and thanks to a buried tree root, I had a bruise on my you-know-what that looked like I cushioned the blast from a cannonball, but nothing compares to an entire afternoon spent exploring, getting lost, and using the sun to guide your “shortcut” back.

In addition to learning how to use the sun as an effective navigational tool at dusk, I also learned that I prefer snowshoeing. (That’s not to say I won’t dabble with the skis again, but perhaps on rugged, forested terrain the snowshoes are a better option.) But neither will help you when you have to clamber through this.

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Except boots with really good traction. And, let’s face it, mittens.

But irregardless of your preferred method of travel, there is little in this busy, hustle-and-bustle world that gives you a sense of peace and escape as bumbling through a quiet forest, passing deer, spotting tracks of rabbits and coyotes, and just being in those quiet, tranquil woods.

Until someone slips and falls and you break out in giggles, but that’s half the fun.

The other half is being able to experience sights and places like these…

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I will also take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! Now let’s ring it in with the promise of even more adventures to look forward to.

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