#8 – Learn How to Snowshoe. Check.

Finally! TWO YEARS I’ve been waiting to do this one. Last year, the snow sucked and my knee wasn’t as ready as I had anticipated after surgery, so I postponed my “Learn How to Snowshoe” goal to this year. Then last month, my friend, Frances, and I trekked to Sunriver, Oregon (a total mountain town) thinking that in late November, the mountain would be teeming with fresh powder, but it was dry as a bone. 

This weekend it was now or never. I literally went out and bought snowshoes yesterday in an effort to solidify my efforts. Early this morning, Frances and our other friend, Jennifer, headed with me to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Last week it was like -2 degrees up there, today it was above freezing. Go figure. Lucky for us, that meant the parking lot had ample spots and we could easily take their snowshoe trail without a lot of people around.

A little history: I was a frequent skier from about 10 years old till my teens, wherein I took up snowboarding. I consistently had a season pass and even met one of my best friends, Julia, in a snowboard class in college. It wasn’t until my 31st birthday where I blew out my knee playing soccer that my mountain days suddenly came to a halt. I know that I will probably never snowboard again (my surgeon didn’t recommend it, and I’m not willing to take the chance), but not being involved in wintertime snow activities just isn’t an option. Today was a great because I knew I had officially found my new thing.

First off, my new snowshoes fit and I was happy that they strapped on much like a snowboard. Second, SNOWSHOEING IS HARD WORK! I guess I was imagining a gentle walk along a flat trail, but we hiked a little over a mile with a 1,000 elevation gain, not to mention the gale force wind resistance all the way up. It was exhausting, but in a good, safe-for-my-knee kind of way. We even got above the clouds for some sunshine.

 

I would say it wasn’t quite as fun as snowboarding (I mean, we didn’t get to fly down the mountain after our laborious climb), but it was still really fun. And snowshoeing seems to require very little skill, other than the ability to hike.

Silcox Hut at 7,000 feet

 

A major upshot of snowshoeing versus snowboarding is it’s WAY cheaper! Beyond the fact that I bought a pair of show shoes for $80, versus my snowboard set up which cost me about $400, I didn’t have to purchase anything other than a snow park. No lift ticket or annual pass. Hel-lo! Wayyyyy cheaper!

So who wants to go snowshoe with me now?

Working towards #3 and #8…

Hurray! It’s one of my three favorite seasons! (I hate Spring, btw). Unlike everyone else in Portland, I am THRILLED that our Indian Summer is over. The first day of school always signifies the end of summer for me, so bring on the colder, crappy weather! And SPEAKING of cold, crappy weather, it’s time to learn to snowshoe and make an intricate gingerbread house.

Last year I had hoped to learn how to snowshoe, but sadly my knee was still not ready for it even eight months after surgery. So I’m going to learn TWENTY months after surgery. My friend, Frances, has booked a room in Sunriver, Oregon at the Sunriver Resort and she will be my seasoned guide.

I know everyone is bitching about summer being over (at least on my Facebook feed they are), but if you’ve been watching as much QVC as I have, you know that Christmas has been right around the corner for two months now. As much as I love sleeping in and getting my bronze on in the summer, there are equally as many reason this time of year rules. 

Not convinced? That’s ok. I like a challenge.

 

☆ Christmas Cranberry Mojito ☆ :-) 'Tis the season to be jolly!Melted Snowman cookies marshmallow heads  http://www.trulycustomcakery.com/tutorials/25.html — with Arianna Concepcion and Freda Laney White.

sleigh ride

#cat #christmas #beautyTimberline Lodge at night, on Mt. Hood

snow boot chic

Did I just blow your mind? Cause this is all I’ve been thinking about since Labor Day. Prepare yourselves for my uber holiday posts, people.