Friday, March 19, 2010

snow shoeing ...

One of the best ways to explore the area was to go snow shoeing. At first we tried to stay near the cross country tracks, but soon we realized it was best to just wander about (although a few times some of us got lost).

It was so quiet and peaceful, we hardly met anyone else on these walks, and the scenery was like a magical winter wonderland. Lapland in winter is definitely a place we want to go back to ...

Well, no sooner do I finish posting about one trip and we're off on another one ... A. has a conference next week in Crans-Montana (Switzerland) and I thought I would go to keep him company. So, expect more travel photos soon. Have a great weekend !


Sue said...

Thanks for the travel photos. You go to such unusual and interesting places. I'm so glad you're posting again. I missed you.

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Snowshoeing is an excellent low impact aerobic workout. The following are some snowshoeing hints and tips to help you enjoy snowshoeing.

1) Make Sure There Is Enough Snow:
Just because your house is buried in snow, make sure the woods has a sufficient snow base. The woods generally need more snow to fall because the trees protect the trails. Sometimes, the wind even blows some of the snow off the trails. During the warmer days, be careful of underground streams that will appear quite rapidly.

2) Start Slowly:
For the first time, in order to feel comfortable in your snowshoes, start on a packed, flat trail. Experience how it feels to have snowshoes on your feet. Initially, you might have to possibly adjust the position of your snowshoes on your boots.

3) Walk Slowly:
Walk slowly and take small steps. Lift you feet up naturally and walk like you normally do. Don't lunge your feet forward, force your feet forward or leap.

4) Avoiding Stepping On The Tails:
Try not to step on the tails of the forward snowshoe with your forward moving foot as you might find yourself in the snow. The easiest way to stop stepping on your snowshoes is to walk with the snowshoes parallel to each other.

5) Try Not To Look Down:
Your experience with snowshoes is the ability to see places that you normally are not able to see. You will not fall if you look ahead so try looking ahead as soon as possible.

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