Making Good Use of the Snow

picnic anyone

Last night into this morning we got somewhere around 16″ of snow. It’s hard to tell with the winds, but it’s a lot of snow. Last night we waited until we had enough on the ground then headed out with our cross country skis. It wasn’t the most comfortable ski, but probably one of the most fun.

xc skiing at night

It was awesome. I love when the snow dampens every sound, obviously no one had shoveled, with another 12″ on the way, so we could ski along on the sidewalk to the path near our house then ski on that towards some soccer fields. We did a few laps around the soccer fields. 75% of the lap was awesome, but the one leg where you’re heading into the wind and being pelted with little ice/snow bits is pretty miserable. But everyone who was out (which was a surprising number, given that we were in the middle of a blizzard) walking dogs or just walking themselves was in a great mood and very pleasant. We astounded a man who was watching the storm from his porch who have never seen anyone ski down his street before. It was so fun that after I shoveled out this morning, I gave up my precious parking spot to go a few towns away where there are trails and went again. Here’s me in the wind tunnel (a field that needed crossing to get to the trails)

me skiing

I kid you not, it was incredibly windy. See the snow storm (sand storm style) on the field?

wind tunnel 2

The woods were beautiful, really. I’m not usually as impressed, and in February I’m sure it won’t be quite so pleasing to see, but the snow on the trees and the trails was really calming. And on the way home, came across some sunflowers who were somehow still standing despite the wind and snow.

sunflower in winter

Pretty cool.


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