Snowshoeing at Slack’s

We finally have enough snow to make snowshoeing an easy choice over hiking.  Julia and I took turns outdoors today so that someone was home for Justin.  She cross-country skied 12k over at the Lodi Golf Course.  I procrastinated until about 90 minutes before sunset and then drove over to Slack’s Trailhead on the Ice Age Trail.

I often read on other blogs about how terrible and boring winter is in cold climates.  To be honest, however, I would miss winter days like today if I were to move to southern Arizona  or a similar place without wintry blasts to remind us of weather extremes.  The air was so cold and clean, no insects, total silence, and pure solitude.  As I plodded along in my snowshoes, all of my worries and concerns washed away.

It was cold out; temperatures tonight will dip below zero again.  But I wasn’t at all cold as I moved up and down hills, through stands of pine and oak, and passed native prairie grasses.  Seasons keep views dynamic, and I had to stop for a few minutes to gaze across the hills looking southward down the frozen Wisconsin River.

I’ve hiked thousands of miles of trails across this country and plan to do a lot more hiking outside my home area.  Yet, I also love the one I’m with.

2 thoughts on “Snowshoeing at Slack’s

  1. I certainly remember a lot of winter hikes when I was younger, on foot, cross-country skis, and snowshoes. I even remember tent camping in the snow, but when my sister talked about blowing snow out of her Michigan driveway three times yesterday to keep ahead of the 15 inches that fell, I felt no, as in zero, urge to leave Texas and move back home. The memories are good enough thank you very much. . .

  2. I know there are lots of people who feel like you do about blowing out snow. Also, to be honest, we haven’t had any real big snows like that this year. I reserve the right to complain if it snows 15 inches or more during a single storm.

    When I was a kid, I grew up in a house with a father who believed that snowblowers and gas powered mowers were tools of the devil. That’s not quite true. I think he just didn’t want to spend the money on power equipment. I spent lots of time shoveling in the winter and pushing that rotary mower in the summer. Today, my hilltop driveway is over 100 yards long, so I have both an atv with a plow and a big snowblower as back-up. I actually enjoy flying up and down the driveway in the atv. Sometimes, I’ll even do the town road if the county plows haven’t arrived yet.

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