Today we went for our first planned snowshoeing trek at Crawford Lake Conservation area. We have snowshoed there in the past in rented snowshoes with Single Horizons and that got us hooked.
It was great getting out on our own, with our own shoes. We weren't lazy about it either as we we were out there for two and a half hours. The first part of our trek was on groomed trails. We did get a little turned around and somehow doubled back to a trail we had been on before. Note to self ... buy a compass!
The second part was more grueling, taking the yellow "trail" on a loop which followed part of the Niagara escarpment around to a lookout. I put trail in quotations, as it was not much of a trail. We climbed over fallen trees, treaded carefully around and over boulders, up steep hills and back down, following a narrow weaving, winding trail through the forest.
This is not complaining. It was fun taking a fresh trail like that. Once we hit the lookout, we were tired and thankful that the rest of the trip back to the car was on a wide, well-groomed trail.
Buying our own snowshoes was a great idea! It's great exercise, fun to do and gives us a great excuse to get out into the fresh air in the winter.
Can't wait to get out next weekend!
Teena's write up and pix are here.
Teena at the beginning at the trail