The Road Less Travelled – by snowshoe

I think it’s funny that snowshoes are looked down on these days – it used to be a huge novelty and a great way to get outside in the peaceful winter forest.  Now most people downhill or do cross country Nordic skiing.  Yes, it gets you there faster, but it’s not the quiet break that I need.

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All the paper trail maps were taken, so I took a picture just in case.  I’ve snowshoed here for years, but better safe than sorry. Easy to get turned around.  I took the orange toure to the more difficult, and wound back around to the Meissner shelter.

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Pretty well beaten down after our 50″ fell, unfortunately, it was also really loud because the ice had formed on top. But really, how can you complain about anything when you’re out here alone?!  Literally, the road less travelled because everyone else is zipping around the big trails on nordic skis.

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The new warming hut, built by incredible volunteers, with a woodstove inside.  It was only 14 degrees, so I didn’t stay long – quick snack, lots of water.  Met 3 very nice ladies from Wyoming and Canada.  You can barely glimpse the view to the south – but it stretches out to the west, too, with the door facing it now.  The hut used to face east, which was great for keeping the wind out, but really, the view is to the west. And no, I didn’t take a picture!

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Beyond happy me.  It’s Wednesday and I brought a whole car load of Nordic girls for practice and then went for a walk on my own.  Paradise.

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If my snowshoes could talk, the stories they would tell! Bought in January 2000 in Durango, Colorado, they have been all over on trails and in Bend during snow storms.  They are MSR’s, the type the Colorado ski rescue group used to use.  Not sexy like the sleek new ones, but I’ve never gotten stuck anywhere and nothing has broken off.  I love where they take me and how I have a different outlook every time I come back.  Perfect day!

 

 

 

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XC Nordic Race at Mt Bachelor

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Easy drive to the mountain!

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Perfect day for it! Sunny and 30’s. Crazy gorgeous. The skiiers had a great day. Nice 5K course.  I strapped on my snowshoes to get some exercise, but should have strapped on skis and done the course – next time!

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That lucky skier !  Look at that, he’s got the whole hill!  Just another day in paradise.

 

 

Bend & Snowmaggeden

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View from our guest room window – great full moon and color – can you see the mountains just barely over the top of houses?  This is how we check the weather!  We used to have this view out our front window, but since moving into town, this little peek is all we get.

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Another beautiful day to hike our “outdoor treadmill” Pilot Butte. View west of Mt. Bachelor to Broken Top to the Three Sisters. You can barely see our little town, too.  We’ve had over 50″ of snow in a little over a month, so people are referring to it as Snowmaggeden.  It has had an impact on businesses, including mine, but it mystifies me that people are complaining about it – how can you change the weather?! Just get out and enjoy it.  We are to get rain this week and then the flooding may start.

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That’s our ski mountain, Mt. Bachelor.  It’s been very busy up there – locals very happy.

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Hiking down on the trail, couldn’t resist another pic.

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Looking up from the base of Pilot Butte, the whole hill is covered with ski tracks.  Technically not allowed because it’s a state park, but people have been having fun.

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Doesn’t it look tiny?! You can google for a better pic.  The road that runs up it and is open in good weather is barely visible and locals never drive it, only walk, usually with dogs.  I should probably take more time and tell you it’s specs, but I’m heading out to play!

We have more snow!

backyard-snow-1It’s hard to keep up with the snow pics because we’ve gotten so much so fast and we’ve been so busy enjoying it!

backyard-snow-2Here’s the next day!

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We firmly believe cars stay in the garage unless you have to use them – feet are better!  My husband usually commutes to work by bike, but since his hip replacement surgery, he’s been walking.  If I have time, I try to meet him. Gives us  few minutes together outside – which we love!  Yesterday I strapped on my 17 year old MSR’s, oh the stories they could tell.  Cold walk, about 15, and a great workout over the berms from the snowplows and uneven terrain.

dan-snow-checking-it-outThis main road runs to the high school near us – Dan was checking out how well his morning shoveling down that long stretch held up during the day. He had shoveled it for all the high school kids who are now walking, but then school was closed.  We got 8-12″ again yesterday, depending on where you were in town.

backyard-snow-3The backyard this morning! Sunny today, so will have to get out for more snowshoeing.  School is closed again and many offices are, too.   Good for people to just chill out for awhile and enjoy the snow!

 

Snowshoeing Pilot Butte

As I’ve mentioned before, this little hill in the middle of Bend is our free outdoor treadmill.  I’ve been going up and down it off and on for 35 years and I never get tired of the view.   My friend Nora and I had planned to play hooky for a couple hours today, and we were determined to go even if it was only 9 degrees.  We got 12″ of snow yesterday, so we were ready to be outside.

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A view from the top – and look what someone wrote in the snow!

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Nora and I, so happy to be out and about!  Cascade Mountains peeking out of the clouds behind us.

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Nora went running up where the stairs usually are and struck this perfect pose.

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This is the dial that tells where the mountains are all around – couldn’t see them all today.

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The top area – usually packed with people.

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Snowshoeing back down – look at the view! The snow was sparkling and we were ecstatic to be outside enjoying it.  This is why we live here!