Saturday, January 13, 2018

Seniors on Snowshoes - #SaturdaySnapshots

When I wasn't able to join the adventurers last year on the Auburn Senior Center's snowshoeing outing, I was determined this year to give it a try. 

Several of my friends talked about how beautiful the scenery was during the January 2017 hike, but they all said it was terribly cold. With that in mind, I wore:

·        Two pairs of socks (sock liners and wool socks)
·        Snow boots
·        Thermal underwear
·        Lined, waterproof pants
·        A sweatshirt
·        A heavy waterproof coat with a hood
·        Mittens that I used to wear when I skied
·        A wool hat
·        My backpack, carrying a knit scarf, sandwich, water, cell phone, etc.

The Snoqualmie ski resort provided snowshoes and poles, so I was ready for everything except … warmer weather and rain! 


After getting our snowshoes and poles, we splashed through rain and snow melt to the snowshoeing area. Rain pelted our heads. I’m guessing the temperature was in the upper 30s (F).

Once we'd fastened all the straps on the snowshoes and got on the trails, there was plenty of snow on the ground from the day before. However, the going was difficult. The existing snow was heavy and wet – not at all like the powder I’d experienced on Colorado ski trips – and the rain continued. There were nine participants from the senior center (including the senior center director), and two rangers accompanied us – one in the lead and one in the rear. 

Snow up to our knees.

It took a while to become accustomed to the snowshoes and to learn how to walk in them, plus there were specific techniques for walking uphill and downhill. It didn’t take long to master those. Our leader forged a path through untouched snow, and we followed like ducklings in her footsteps. I was about fifth in line so the snow had been packed down pretty well by the time I walked in it. The “trench” we walked through was probably knee deep.

This restroom isn't the most scenic shot, but this will give you an idea of how much snow we encountered. 


It wasn’t long before I worked up a sweat and unzipped my jacket. During the whole excursion, four different people fell down—and I was one of them. Of course it didn’t hurt at all, but it sure was hard to get up while wearing those awkward snowshoes in wet, slippery snow. The people who had gone on this trip last year said walking was much easier then, when the temperature was colder and the snow wasn’t as mushy and wet.  

Our guide, talking about Native Americans' many uses 
of cedar trees like this one.

Another problem with the rain was that it melted snow that had accumulated high in the trees. In several places, snow bombs fell on us. The rain turned them into a combination of snow and ice! Some of these were huge. The guide saw one that she said was as big as a Volkswagen. Because of the danger of someone actually getting injured from a giant mound of icy snow falling from high above, the rangers cut our walk short (only a few hours), which was fine with everyone. 

Accumulation of snow high in the giant trees.

In spite of all that, I enjoyed the adventure. The scenery was beautiful and it was fun to try something new and actually be able to do it. My muscles were sore that evening and the next day, but I’ll sign up for snowshoeing again. Maybe next time conditions will be better.

By the way, I switched the settings on my camera to "snow" mode. However, I'm disappointed in the way the photos turned out. None of the detail or contrast that I hoped to capture is shown in my pictures, and I wasn't able to tweak them using Photoshop. 




Info about snowshoeing, equipment, and more:
 REI Beginner's Snowshoeing Guide



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12 comments:

Colleen Reece said...

That is what I call an adventure, Sandy! Wow. You must have resembled the Abominable Snowman with all those clothes. Good padding for falling down. GRIN. Glad you had a good time not because of, but in spite of difficulties. Next year will hopefully be better!

Colleen

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Colleen. I always have fun with this group of adventurers, even when conditions don't turn out to be optimal. Just walking around in all that beautiful scenery was worth the sore muscles.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great shots! I love photos of snow, and even occasionally like being in the snow, but I tend to slip and slide too much. LOL

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I can definitely relate to slipping and sliding! My tumble in the snow happened when I tried to turn around to look at something. The hard part was struggling to get back up. I kept sinking deeper. Finally, I got my feet underneath me and, with a helping hand, was able to get vertical again. After that mishap, I was a lot more careful.
Thank you for visiting the blog, Laurel-Rain. I always enjoy your comments.

Lady In Read said...

oh wow, that is an adventure.. the photos show how beautiful it was and your words how you enjoyed it inspite of the rain.. being a warm weather girl myself, not sure if i would be up for this but maybe someday

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Lady in Red: I'm delighted that you enjoyed my blog post. I was a little concerned that it might be a little too wordy and long.

judy said...

This makes a great story, Sandy. I enjoyed reading it, and I enjoyed the photos. I understand, though, how photos can disappoint the photographer. You were there--you know how they're supposed to look! Still, we viewers can enjoy them as they are.

Charlie Anderson said...

Beautiful photos! What a great experience to have.

Klara S said...

WOW, walking in deep snow. I haven't done it for a while. Wonderful post and cedar tree is amazing.

Melinda Ott said...

I've never tried snow shoeing (although I'd like to), but this sounds like the time I tried cross country skiing! It was far more work than I had imagined!

Lynne Spreen said...

They came out fine, IMO. Esp. the one of the restroom. And your description of snow bombs, wow! All in all, you continue to impress us with your adventurous forays. After this one, a hot bath and cocoa with a little Bailey's would be the reward I'd envision.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks, y'all, for leaving comments. I'm having a great time hiking, walking, and now snowshoeing. I'll keep at it as long as I'm able.