by Joe Anderson

Hello Fellow Snowshoers,

The snow in the mountains has me dreaming about snowshoe trekking. I got so excited that just recently I went in the garage, dusted off my snow shoes, poles and hiking boots. I am hoping for another huge snow year and a sunny day that is so clear and bright that it hurts my eyes as it reflects off the snow. Mission Ridge Ski and Board Area brags about over 300 days of sunshine a year; I want to enjoy many of those days in the mountains on my snowshoes. The joy of the sun and the quietness of my snowshoes is like walking in whip cream. In fact, there is an area off the Pipeline trail that I have named Whipped Cream Land.

Snowshoeing along I seek the challenge of a climb and knowing that I am going to expend a huge amount of energy before I reach the turnaround point. I climb on as my breath comes in gasps, which I can see in the frosty air. I try to keep up with my friends, my legs burning, my breathing increasing; I think of the poetic line of Dickenson, “Success is counted sweetest by those who nare succeed.” I am going to make it!

Last year was wonderful. It was so easy to call a few friends, arrange a car pool, drive a few miles, park and slip on the snowshoes and go trekking.
I am already searching out places to get a quick workout. Last winter, I discovered Horse Lake Road. It is close enough to snowshoe during a lunch break. Remember, one hour of snowshoeing burns somewhere between 650 to 850 calories.

See you outdoors on the trails and don’t  forget the Mission Ridge Twilight Snowshoe treks start on December 30, guided by yours truly. CLICK HERE for more information on the guided snowshoe treks at Mission Ridge.

This article was originally published at The Good Life magazine. Click here for more information. 

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