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Had a stringer from the Weather Network turn up on Saturday morning to see what we do on weekends.
I hate the closeup (shows my wrinkles) but that's me running away at the end.
Then the rest of us we went for a walk.
The Moss Lake trail is a 13 km loop through the forest that meanders around frozen ponds and far back into the woods near Elk Island.
I managed to screen out a few of the weaker people who'd signed up by making it an absolute requirement that everyone have snowshoes. Last year, we did the first 8 km on packed trails, only to encounter deep snow for the last few. Very, very difficult.
It's a good thing I did; within the first kilometre, everybody had put theirs on, as we plowed through soft powder and skittered up and down the frozen hills.
By the end of the first 3 or 4 kilometres, the conversation had begun to lag - never a good sign - and I realized people were already getting tired. We stopped at about 7.5 km for a snack and a short rest...
..then got going again.
Lots of nice scenery but we kept up a steady pace.
Trail marker for the last kilometre - nice to see.
With the TV interview, we didn't start until 11:00am, and it was about 3:30 by the time we finished. Allowing half an hour for breaks, that puts our speed at around 3 kph, not very fast, but for the snow and trail conditions, quite respectable.
Review from a newby:
"It was a great hike. My first real winter hike and first attempt at snowshoeing, which was fun. Lessons learned included not to try to step/walk backward in snowshoes and that the small bit of water that lingers in the hose of a hydration bladder freezes very quickly!"
Review from a military lady (you think she'd be used to this stuff!) was:
"Holy guacamole! Snowshoeing 13km DOES feel like more..a LOT more."
It did - anything much farther than that in deep, soft snow, and it would have been nasty. I figure the last half was more 'Will it never end!" than 'Oh, what fun!". A nice day, but certainly challenging.