Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snowshoeing...Finally!

Once we decided to move to Logan, I began anticipating the multiple feet of snow and horrible blizzard conditions winter would bring.  We need time outside frequently, so I dreamed of taking a snowshoeing trip every weekend.  So far the weather has been a bit of a let-down. (Though, really I haven't minded all that much...) We went snowshoeing once in December and since then have only had mucky walks and visits to the paved River Trail.  

Ethan received snowshoes for Christmas (the rest of us already own some) and after several days of rain in the valley and snow farther up the mountain, we were finally able to try them out this weekend.  

He took a few minutes to adjust to taking "big steps", and wanted to hold a hand during steep sections, but overall Ethan did a lot of hiking on his own.



He was pretty proud of himself.


It was a gorgeous sunshiny day, and the sky was more blue than we've seen in weeks.  Sometimes during the inversion time-of-year I forget how rejuvenated I am by spending time in nature.  Our whole family is that way.  The kids can be bickering and short-tempered (and, let's face it, I get that way too), but if we head outside for a while happiness returns quickly.


"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, 
places to play in and pray in, 
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

John Muir 

 We tromped around near the summit of Logan Canyon intending to try a trail that has been on my list for a while.  Everything was covered in snow so we were unable to be sure we were in the right place.  But the scenery was stunning, the sunshine delightful and according to the kiddos the snow tasted delicious.


Ethan got comfortable enough with the snowshoes that every few steps he'd bend down and grab a handful of snow to munch as he trudged along.  (Yes, we have talked to the kids about only eating "clean" snow).


 We were mostly alone on the mountain, aside from some snowmobiles in the distance.


Ellie has always been a happy hiker and we are so grateful that she has passed that joy onto her little brother.  I adore spending time with my family this way.  The closeness and fun we experience on these outings is different than anything else we do.  Talking is easier, beauty is near and God seems closer.  I will remember forever our delight, our jokes and the happiness I feel all the way down to my slightly-cold toes.

1 comment:

  1. Loved your snowshoeing pics. Jeff has been trying to get us out on a snowshoeing adventure this year, but that darn weather (or lack, thereof). Glad you were able to find some and enjoy a great day!

    Jeff and Janell

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