Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Weekend Update

This past weekend I went snowshoeing for the first time and ever since then I've been wondering if its really spelled 'snowshoeing'. Something just doesn't seem right about that.

I had always imagined that snowshoes would let you walk on top of snow, and that's not really the case. Your feet actually sink down into the snow (when its powder at least) quite a ways. Also, they don't look like big tennis rackets any more. Maybe that's why you sink in a little. Those tennis racket shoes looked pretty amazing.

Anyway, turns out its a lot like hiking, just in the snow. Which isn't to say it was a terrible experience. I actually enjoyed it as least as much as hiking. For one, you don't have to pay as much attention to the trail, since its all pretty flat and there aren't any holes or rocks to sprain your ankle on. This meant I was free to look around while I hiked and enjoy the scenery. And secondly, it was a good excuse to get out and play in the snow, and take some nice winter pictures, which I will now share with you.

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lovestrong said...

I've only been once, but I loved it. It's beautiful. I've contemplated buying snow shoes, but I need someone else who would go. It's not something you can do alone safely, I would think.

j said...

Yeah, its probably good to go with a group. This trail that we were on was pretty tame, so I wouldn't have worried, but if I were breaking a new trail, I would have been glad to have company along.

Kirsten J said...

Well, I've never been. Maybe the two of you could take me and teach!!! It has always sounded like hell to me...like being on an eliptical machine, but with no quitting once it starts to burn. Which would be hell. But I must say, those pictures are gorgeous. I'm impressed!

Claire said...

Those are some very beautiful shots, what kind of camera do you use? I'm no photographer myself but would like to invest in a nice camera someday.

j said...

Well you are in luck, because these were all taken with the new camera I got for Christmas this year, a Canon Powershot SD600, and we found it for only $212 at Circuit City.

Oh, and thanks. Sometimes the scenery does the hard work.