Here was the good thing about showshoeing today – the two women in the photo. Ann and Sheila – neighbours – are super people and great hikers. So being out with them for about four hours or more today was wonderful.
That said, the snowshoeing itself, made me sad. We walked up a road – a wide road – for two hours to a Nordic ski cabin where we had lunch before heading down. The way up led through clear-cuts and replanted trees that were clearly not a forest. It’s the sort of place I want to avoid. Today, that was not possible.
But, as the women said, so much of the hiking in this area, at least in the winter, is along these sorts of roads. Luckily, outings with KMC that are farther afield tend to break that mold. And if we have to drive an hour or two to get to real trails, so be it. In the meantime, I will continue to do this sort of “hiking” as well because it is strenuous and works my body and because the company is so great.
But it does make me miss the trails I left behind.
On the bright side, I’m getting awfully good at this snowshoe stuff and that includes breaking trail. There is always a silver lining.
The most exciting part of the day was the drive home. When I left it was snowing a bit. We carpooled to the trailhead near Kaslo where the snow accumulation on the road became significant. Then it snowed all the way up and all the way back. Temperatures were also pretty cold. By the time I got dropped off where I’d parked my car, the road conditions were not good. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot. I white knuckled it all the way home, never exceeding 50 KPH, but I did it. I also abandoned the car halfway up the drive. That’s as far as my skills took me. But I made it!
Then – chocolate and a hot bath. Now, all is right with the world.
Looking at the weather forecast, we are making a call not to go out to Strawberry Pass for a snowshoe trip until Tuesday or Wednesday – snow is going to come down every day until then. So – a good opportunity to do lots of writing.
I also think that either tonight or tomorrow a bit of wine and beer is going to be consumed.