Christmas is over. The presents are unwrapped. The family has been visited. Merriment has been spread. I have a cold to show for it like I do most years. What to do now? Find some snow and bring the snow shoes!
I love to snow shoe for a lot of reasons. Its easy on the body and its free. You can just find some snow, put them on, and go for it. Unlike skiing which requires expensive lift tickets and dealing with crowds, and for me a whole lot of bruises the next day.
A lot of people enjoy skiing and snow boarding for the rush. For me I have always preferred a slower pace so I can see and hear and smell and observe the small things like icicles, and bird foot prints, and beautiful vistas. For these reasons snow shoeing is right up my alley.
Part of highway 89 is always closed in winter for obvious reasons. We like to drive until we find the road closed and then snow shoe the rest. In this case we went to Vikingsholm at the magnificent Emerald Bay lookout. We shoed until we got tired which isn’t boding well for my cold the next day.
We were the only ones there! We hiked down the trail in thick perfect powder making the first foot prints that didn’t belong to a bird or a deer. It was awesome and quiet. The only noise came from the Paddlewheeler giving visitors a nice cold boat tour. Other than that we heard running water, drips from the icicles, birds calling, and the wind.
I took this photo because I just couldn’t believe we were there with absolutely no one else. It’s an amazing feeling to have such a popular and spectacular location all to yourself. You just have to work a little bit for it I suppose.
No those aren’t Yeti feet. They are mine!
If you look closely you can see the tiny tea house built atop the island in Emerald Bay where the original owner would frequently visit many years ago.
Have you ever gone snow shoeing before? If not, how do you enjoy the snow?
Happy Holidays everyone! Thanks, as always, for reading.
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