Monday, January 11, 2016

"What good is the warmth of summer without the chill of the winter?" - John Steinbeck

First off, that is a great headline and quote, but let me just go on the record by saying I want spring so bad I can feel it in my soul. I just want to be able to run outside and not wear a coat and not scrape my windows and have my sliding glass door open.

However, winter is here, and this Saturday I embraced it with open arms. Missy and I started our "year of adventures" out with snowshoeing at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa.

On Friday night we went to a hockey game with Natalie and Ryan. I was freezing cold in the arena, so I could only imagine what Saturday morning held for me. I was hoping Missy would be like "it's only supposed to be ten degrees, let's just skip." But I should have known better, Missy never wants to skip anything.

So Saturday morning I got up and started layering up. I put on running tights and then some heavier running pants on over that. On top, I put on a white thermal shirt, a hoodie and my spyder jacket. I put on two pairs of socks and my ugg-type-knock-off boots. Then I brought two scarves and a pair of ski gloves I borrowed from Nick that were way too big and would do nothing for me.

I went and met up with Missy and then she drove us out to Hitchcock. There were about ten people in our "class". The leader first went through all the different types of snoeshoes and the history of the sport. She told us everything we should pack if we were to ever go out on our own, and then we actually got to put the snowshoes on and practice walking around. I started getting a little nervous at this point, because I can barely stay on my feet on dry cement, let alone stomping out in the woods in the snow. But I had to suck it up, because we headed outside at that point. But not before I grabbed a pair of the extra gloves they had for us - there was no way I was going to keep all my fingers wearing Nick's gloves.

It was a little awkward moving around, but I got the hang of it quickly. It was kind of fun lifting my knees higher and stomping into the snow. We went up and down a few little hills, and I didn't fall once! I was extremely proud of myself. The whole experience was so fun! I would definitely do it again. And the hot apple cider afterwards tasted amazing!

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