Sunday, March 9, 2008

Scent of a Pine Tree

We just got back from a fabulous first day of nordic skiing. We started off with a lesson from a very warm guy, then hopped on the ski lift to access the upper trail system. Up there we found a whole different, stress free world of cross-country ski trails, quietude, pine trees, ravens, and some very friendly people.

We stopped for lunch in a warming hut at one of the big trail junctions; inside, a ski patrol volunteer and a trail monitor named Sherry tended a wood stove. They were very eager to share their world of nordic skiing with us and to advise us on good trails for beginners. When we left, two Gray Jays perched nearby on their skis to see if we had any parting gifts for them.
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Two Gray Jays
Dan on the tracks

1 comment:

Samantha said...

It sounds like you had a lovely day. I went on one snow shoeing "hike" years ago and loved the quiet and scenery. One of the freakiest things though was finding that in some places, the snow was so deep as to mostly bury whole trees! Since the snow isn't packed well around them though, it can be dangerous, because you can fall through the snow there. Or at least, that's what I think I remember hearing.