I love the chance to try something new.
Was I ready for a first time out on snow shoes at age 55 years and 10 months?
And it only took me a few minutes to figure out how to put the shoes on.
(Bernie was right there to tell me the buckles go on the outside of the foot. Duh.)
My DIL loaned me her snow shoes; Bernie rented his.
A 45 minute drive over to Soldier's Hollow, and we were ready to hit the trails.
Or would have been, except B.s snowshoe had a broken strap holder!
I was simply flabbergasted that he was able to just reached into this pocket and pull out a plastic tie down (the green little bit that you can see in the picture above).
He was able to cinch the strap down in a jiffy. Now I'm thinking I should start carrying a few of those handy items in my purse along with all my other "might need" emergency paraphernalia.
Posing beside the Olympic sign, I asked Bernie if snowshoeing was an Olympic event.
And it didn't take long to discover what interested me most: all the animal tracks in the snow!
up close looks blue, but that fact does help one see the tracks better.
I'm thinking these are deer track?
(I'm also thinking that I need to get my camera lenses cleaned...those spots are from lens dust, not an animal.)
The tiny cabin had a small wood burning stove inside. If I was making this cabin my home, my Mister would be hearing some serious nagging about caulking up those gaping walls before I would even try to heat up the place with some firewood.
It was so good to get out and hike around, use our walking sticks again, and just enjoy being together on a Saturday afternoon.
As we trudged along we both recalled our walk about high up in the mountains of Switzerland.
That was a few years back; but we remembered the time we rested on the trail's bench overlooking the snow covered mountains and talk about our dreams for the future.
It was during that conversation that we decided we wanted to live someplace where we could enjoy the changing seasons, and take hikes and explore the outdoors. We made a pact that that would be our future, God willing.
It was just awesome to see that day's dream for our lives has come so beautifully true.
How far did we hike? If you enlarge this picture you will see the words "cabin" in white. Just below it is a small thing that is the cabin that we went to, and we made a big circle getting and returning from there.
A pretty good walk/hike for a first time out!