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Colorado trip

We took a family trip to Colorado, but I didn't see a whole lot of family. My fault! B and J and C and V all like to ski down hills and Brian's brother's family has a place at Copper Mountain that is ideal for such ventures. We used all their stuff, too, and that was nice. I am in love with my brother-in-law's ski pants. But I do not care for skiing down hills.

My nephew had some snowshoes in a closet, so I borrowed those plus his boots plus some extra socks. The first day I watched some youtube how-to-snowshoe videos (the best tip came from one titled How to Carry your Snowshoes) and then I went out for a walk to see if I liked it. The next day I packed a lunch and stayed out most of the day. This is a great hobby for misanthropes; I spoke to no one and saw only one other human—at a distance, and we moved away from one another. I did see some wildlife and some ex-wildlife (much easier to photograph).

The next day I drove one town over to Frisco where I took a cross-country ski lesson at the Nordic Center. Cross-country skiing is ok and I wouldn't mind doing it again, but it does require a certain amount of coordination limb-wise. I lack this.

It was great to get all the kids together, although I didn't spend much time with them. We have another trip planned next month and I think it will be more of the same. We'll meet in Florida and they will watch baseball. It will be warmer, at least.


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John David Choat
Mar. 11th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Was the snow deep? How hard was it to walk in the snowshoes?
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Snow
The base was about 50" and seven new inches fell the night before we got there. Walking in snowshoes on previously-trod-upon snow is not hard when it's level, but for hills you definitely need poles. I took a couple of trails that were completely untouched, and that was a bit of a slog—every hundred yards or so I would stop to catch my breath (this was a couple of days into the trip, or I would blame the elevation). I noticed that other people's tracks were straight, both shoes parallel. Mine were decidedly pigeon-toed, which left a cool zig-zag pattern behind me.

It wasn't hard to walk in snowshoes, but then I've been walking in really big shoes for almost 40 years now.
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