This winter has been perfect. We have had lots of snow and it has been cold enough all the time for the snow to stay on the ground and make it easy to walk in the forest and enjoy being outdoors. One of the worst things about winter is the wet snow that weighs a lot and makes your shoes and mittens soaking wet. Luckily we haven’t had that at all so far.
I have been show shoeing a lot and enjoying it enormously. Not only is it a good workout but it also makes it so much easier to get around. It is also a good way to remember how to laugh at yourself when you fall on your bottom and can’t get up when your behind is buried in deep snow and you have your hands and feet sticking up from the pit. I also tend to get amused looks when I come out from the forest all covered in snow with lots of pine and spruce needles stuck on my scarf and beanie. I haven’t been brave enough to look at myself in the mirror looking like that, but I do feel like a big foot or a forest goblin.
Living in a rural area and not having any amusement parks or movie theaters near by makes it necessary for people to come up with their own fun. I happened to walk to a place in the forest today where some kids had made their own downhill skiing slope on a clearing where the trees had been cut down because of the power lines. Not even the creek flowing under the slope had prevented the kids from skiing down the slope and reaching the slope in the first place. I could see from the tracks that they had walked a long way in deep snow to go around the creek and every time they had come down the slope they had to remove their skis and carry them up again. But I suppose that it had been so much fun that it was worth it. There was even a small bump on the slope where they had been able to do ski jumping.
It seems that this winter just goes on and on. As long as the weather is like this, I don’t mind it at all.