Got Snow?

Whether you are entrenched in snow drifts or just watching with amazement on TV from your sunny and warm locale in the U.S.  you know this winter has been a big one with the snow totals.  Business has been slowed, daily routines in your personal life have been slowed and enjoyment away from home has been slowed – for those in the snow news anyway.  I sincerely remember with pleasure my first snowshoe experience.  It was several years ago in upstate New York and was lightly snowing as a group of people, led by an experienced snow shoe person  started toward the large forest.  For the next  hour and half we sloshed, bounced, and sometime tripped with our snowshoes firmly attached to our waterproof and insulated boots.  It’s never a good idea to do snowshoeing unless you have enough snow on the ground.  This winter is perfect for it.  No one wants to trip, fall and gaff over sticks and branches that sometimes show through the snow.  For those that haven’t done this it is a great aerobic workout.  I have done this a few times with a large group and came back every time sweating!  The first time I learned to never wear jeans again.  They needed to be surgically removed from my body. They had literally froze to my legs.  Snow shoes, if you don’t know, kick up snow on the back of your legs as you go.  BRrrr! Once you are wearing the right snow proof, water proof, warm clothes and shoes, the experience is phenomenal.  A lot of parks, wilderness preserves, have snow shoe trails in the winter.  I was just told about one on the South Fork of Long Island which I will be looking into shortly.  If you can’t beat the snow, you might as well enjoy it!  So, do what you can do to get out and enjoy it. Whether it’s snowshoeing, cross-country or snowboarding and downhill (for the more limber and bruise resistant souls) or just walk near your home.  Get the cardio going and enjoy this element of weather because before you know it, we’ll be switching on the air-conditioners and complaining about the heat and humidity.

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