The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Saturday, February 26, 2011

YakTrakking







Today's adventure was an epic winter hike in Fahnstock State Park. Not realizing how much snow there really is in the woods and on the trails, we decided we would leave the snowshoes home and just go with yaktraks on our boots. Yaktraks are like chains or cleats that strap onto your boots. We also brought poles. Well, it wasn't too long before we started punching holes through the snow, which was about a foot deep. You would take a few steps and then plunge down into the snow up to your knees. We would have been better off on snowshoes. We had to concentrate on where we were walking so intently, that I had to make sure I took the time to look around to appreciate the beautiful winter woods. And so we marched on, and on, and on....... We had chosen a 7 mile hike, which would have been a breeze under normal conditions. But with the snow pack and the hole punching, it took us 4 1/2 hours! All I had to eat was a Larabar. We were all exhausted and HUNGRY when we finally found our way back to our cars. The bottoms of my feet are sore probably from the pressure of the cleats. But I have no regrets. It was a great way to spend the better part of a beautiful winter day. And I'm sure I burned at least 1,000 calories!


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