|Trace The Mitten|
I took advantage of the little snows that we had this week. A couple of inches was enough to allow me to go out for about an hour each day. These three days were the first time I had gone out this season. i do not feel too guilty because we have not received much snow fall.
Three winters ago I purchased my MSR snowshoes from REI after a fee basics class. I have had a chance to get out a little bit every season. Previously I would cross country skiing, but I could not always count on the consistent snow. With the snowshoes I can get out in less snow. I found that with the shoes I can go when skis are awkward.
The fresh air is great and I prefer it too the inside air. I love the change of scenery. Each day I went to a different location. Ride maps and trip data is at www.twitter.com/tracethemitten .
The first day i went to River Bends Park. The mountain bike trails are well maintained , patrolled, and used even during the winter. It was easy to find my way. I was not familiar with where the path leads. On one I kept heading into a wetter path and I could go on the should until a could see nothing but bog ahead. I suddenly caught a glimpse of something moving deeper into the water. My first thought that it was a dog, but I suspect it was a deer.
The next day I went to Stony Creek Metropark. I was able to find some fitness paths and follow the lake . This day was a bit warmer and the sunny was shining brightly.
Today I took a path outside my door. A community drain goes along out property. The flood plain provide a clear path on a steep slope. The creek provides a winter home for a group of ducks and a group of geese. I thought they went south. They did not like me coming in their area and flew off. There was not other exciting sighting, but I kept looking for a fish in the creek. There was a rainy snow mix and my glasses would not wipe clear. I figure after a while the lens were frozen over.
Each time I was out for an hour and even though I was not using the same muscles but I got a great steady cardio workout. What great times.