This morning I went snowshoeing for the first time ever! Well, asides from the few times with traditional snowshoes…but that was long ago…and not at all the same thing.
I joined a local 24 hour auction FB group recently, with the purpose of finding both snowshoes and cross country skis. I scored both within a week of joining! I had a tough choice this morning. Which to try first? I honestly opted for the snowshoes because I wasn’t too keen to try them. I decided to get the ordeal over with. I thought they would be awkward and not a lot of fun. And I was pretty sure I would end up face-first in the sow.
I bought them to eventually use while winter camping, and to try on the trails here when it might be awkward to carry skis. I love the beauty of the trails in winter, not so much the trudging through the snow to see them! I was hoping the snowshoes would be great for this, but I was not super optimistic.
Turns out, I love snowshoeing! It took absolutely no time to get used to. I didn’t even feel like I had to change the way I walked at all.
It snowed last night and not all the sidewalks had been cleared, so I put them on in my driveway, and off I went! Totally made the uncleared sidewalks a breeze. Made it to the river trail with no issues. I sunk down a bit crossing over snowbanks, but that’s about it. I did the main trail and some mostly unused side trails.
My jeans and boots stayed dry and I got to enjoy the peace and beauty of today’s winter-wonderland! Amazing! My Tubbs snowshoes are designed for trails, so I am not sure how they would be for back-country. It will be awhile before I need them for that anyway. I’m sure they will be better than no snowshoes!
Tomorrow – Cross Country Skiing!