I did my first winter adventure on Sunday afternoon. I went snowshoeing at Whitewater State Park by Elba, MN. I have shared many spring through fall pictures from there. It is a remarkably scenic and wondrous place. Earlier this fall I thought that I am missing a portion of the year at the park. Winter.
Now, I am not a winter person. I don't like being cold. Many years ago now I tried downhill skiing but it took too much skill. I have done some cross-country skiing- but very little. When I was young I went ice-skating at the Brick Pond, but never liked it. I have never lived where it is warm in the winter- I just stay inside.
But as my bicycling and hiking season came to a close I realized that one of my problems is that I don't get enough outside time in the winter. Skiing is out. Running? Nah- I can't take pictures when I run. So why not try snowshoes. Fortunately Whitewater Park rents them. So Sunday I tried them out. I went to the place I know best at the park- the river crossing behind the park office.
Sunday night I ordered my own pair of snowshoes. I don't think our almost 40" of snow is going to disappear very soon.