In my last post I mentioned snowshoeing, my beloved winter activity. Squirrel, over at Feelin' Swell: My Life With RA, questioned me as to what the heck this actually is. Well, far be it from me to get over-excited and blab on and on about snowshoeing!
For starters, here are a few pics of me snowshoeing over Christmas break:
Basically snowshoeing is the use of snowshoes to be able to walk on snow, distributing weight evenly to avoid sinking into it too deeply. This is pretty key for places that get many feet/metres of snow. Snowshoes are traditionally a wooden, ovalish frame with woven rawhide (or rope, or any other long rope-like thing). Modern snowshoes are metal, no real weaving, and are generally smaller. I can't really see them working in very deep snow, due to their size. These are not for me. I like the wooden/woven ones.
(Here is where I would insert a close-up pic of a more traditional snowshoe, but blogger is being a jerk. Instead here is a wikipedia link to have a look at one type of snowshoe).
Snowshoeing is my favourite form of exercise, it is my favourite way to burn calories, to socialize, to de-stress, to walk the dog, to re-energize and to enjoy the outdoors. When I couldn't snowshoe last year, due to my dumb ankle, I cried. When I tried again this year, and was able to do it, I cried again. I am in no way an exercise lover (I am in fact, quite lazy), but there is something about it that enthralls me. It works my muscles like crazy, while simultaneously linking me to nature (I live in Labrador for a reason).
As, I type this I look out the window to see snow softly falling, a promise of snowshoe days to come. This truly is my bliss. Thanks for the opportunity to share this, Squirrel!