If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this picture last Sunday
After 2 years of mild winters, we finally got a decent amount of snow to go snowshoeing!
Plans started floating around with a new group of friends for a snowshoe get together. Ron and I really wanted to go but we weren’t sure how the kids would like being in the packs. It had been at least a year since we used them. At 2 1/2 years old they are also quite independent and would rather use their own feet then be carted around. When we brought the packs out for a test ride, they both got so excited and wanted to go for a ride. Woohoo! We were in! Plans were made to meet in the morning for a group hike!
Overnight we got about 5 inches of fresh snow and it was windy. 20-30 mph winds windy. Yikes! I knew we’d be protected from the wind in the woods so we forged on in getting everything ready. If you have kids, you know it is not the easiest thing to get the little buggers dressed sometimes. On top of that, Cooper was so excited that he was in our faces nonstop. At times, I felt like saying “FORGET IT! Let’s stay home.” But I knew once we were there and moving it would be all good. I was sweating like I’d run 10 miles by the time we were all dressed but we were ready AND early for once!
We pulled in to the parking lot and immediately started pulling out the packs, snowshoes, Cooper and kids. No one else from the group was there yet but we knew it would take us longer (we were the only ones with kids) to get ready. It was
a tad bit blizzard like windy in the parking lot. As soon as the kids got out of the car they started crying because of it. At one point, I was ready to say “FORGET IT! Let’s go home!” But we stayed. We had come this far we weren’t turning around just yet!
At one point we realized there was a miscommunication for the meeting spot. We already had everyone geared up. There was NO way I was packing everyone back into the car to repeat it all in 5 minutes. Instead, we went out on our own.
Within steps of being out of the lot, we were protected from the wind and the sun warmed us up. A giggled and laughed excitedly as Cooper ran ahead. **Deep sigh of relief!**
Our hike was so beautiful and peaceful. The fresh snow blanketed the trees. The rays of sunlight made the snow shine like diamonds. The air was clean and refreshing. I kept on saying, “I’m so glad we did this!” The kids were happy and so were Ron and I.
Snowshoeing is a great workout. Add an additional 30+ pounds of kiddo and pack to it and you’re really working! We brought along our hiking poles on this trip for a little added stability. I didn’t want to do a face plant with A on my back. I’m so glad we did! They not only helped keep my balance it was also a nice object to lean on to take a breather.
I’m not sure if the snow will be sticking around for the whole winter. If it does, I’m sure we’ll be making snowshoeing a weekly outing. If it’s going to be cold, I want something to do. Playing in frozen grass isn’t as amusing. At some point it’s going to be time to think about getting the kids their own snowshoes. I don’t think we’re ready for that just yet. I know people who do but I’d rather spend more time moving than coaxing the kids to take a step. Next year, for sure. There’s no way I’m carrying a 3 1/2 year old on my back!
Have a great weekend everyone!