On Saturday we went snowshoeing at Mt. Spokane. It was a very fun adventure that I am looking forward to doing again. Perhaps not after a 16 mile long run though. J
We rented snowshoes at REI for a fairly reasonable price. We were also able to purchase our snow park pass there for parking too. The staff at REI was super friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend renting equipment from them. Even though I complain about the snow, we truly are lucky to have such great outdoor activities year round in our backyard. The drive from our home to Mt. Spokane is less than 30 minutes.
Mr. Healthy Diva printed off a map of the snowshoeing trails with a brief description and then we were off on our little adventure. I was in charge of the map which was a bad idea. I can’t read maps to save my life, especially one that looks like this:
I had no idea where we were going. We finally stopped in a big parking lot to re-evaluate the map. It was decided that we would keep driving further. We pulled out of the lot only to realize that the snowshoeing trail was just off of the parking lot, but the sign was small and hard to see. The mountain had gotten over 6 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours so the snow plow had the entrance of the trail blocked. At least we know exactly where to go next time.
As we were getting ready we met some nice people in the parking lot who told us which trail would be best for us to take. Then they told us a frightening story about how they got lost up on the trail one time and almost couldn’t find their way out. Lovely. Didn’t need to hear that.
Studying the "Greek" map so that we don't get lost up in the woods forever
I was really cold as we were getting ready and was worried that I didn’t dress warm enough. Once we got going up the trail I was really warm and was able to shed some layers. Even Mr. Healthy Diva took off his coat.
Mr. Healthy Diva
The trail was beautiful! I was bummed that my cell phone decided to die (Literally it died. Had to order a new one from Verizon on Sunday) because I wanted to take more pictures then I did.
I wanted to go further, but the sound of hungry wolves and/or coyotes had me pretty freaked out. They kept getting louder the further we walked. Mr. Healthy Diva didn’t make me feel safe saying that it was okay- he had his knife with him.
Me & my favorite stocking hat from the Girlfriend's 1/2 marathon last year. Also wearing my Brooks Utopia thermal pants and hoodie under my fleece. :-)
I am hoping, depending on our schedules that we can go again soon. Maybe even this coming weekend! Ideally I would like to go in the morning so that we have time go further up the trail. AND not directly after a long run. Bad idea on my part.
Questions for you:
Have you ever been snowshoeing before?
Have you ever gotten lost on a hike?