I have never snowshoed, and it's something I've been wanting to try.
It's on my bucket list for 2016.
I didn't just want to go anytime on well-traveled snow-packed trails,
I wanted to wait until we had a fresh snowfall with unmarked trails.....
Today was the day!!!
We decided to go to Oxbow Park where Yeager trail was calling our names.
The trails were untouched, with 8 inch of fresh powder snow, It was beautiful!
So off we went for a first time adventure of snowshoeing.
Back it up a bit....
These guys were right out our car window as we drove into the park,
they went about their business as if we weren't even there.
everything was so pretty
The bright blue sky, contrasting with the new fallen white snow.
One of the park workers fitted us with our snowshoes and was kind enough
to take a picture of us before we went on our way.
We joked that if we weren't back by 4pm to please send someone out to look for us :)
We stopped to look back here...
just our little tracks and the beauty of our surroundings.
Yeager trail is a little over a mile long with gentle hills and valleys,
it was perfect for us first-timers.
I used ski poles, Rick didn't.
A little side note....
Snow shoes are fairly easy to use... it's just like walking, but only you have these cumbersome things attached to your boots. Well, as we were walking along...
I tripped myself up and started to fall. At first I thought "oh this is gonna hurt", then I remembered that I was falling into 8 inches of fresh soft snow, so I went down like a domino...
didn't even try to stop myself (think belly-flop)
It was awesome, it felt like slow motion, my face even hit the snow.
Rick was ahead of me and didn't know I fell.
He turned to check on me, and what he saw was his wife laying face down in the snow...
It was the best ever, we laughed and together got me back on my feet again.
I got up unscathed, feeling lucky to be healthy enough to do the things we love to do, to laugh, and explore and have each other to share life with!