Saturday, December 29, 2012
Dug out the old cross country ski equipment today. It's been a couple of years since I went out. Just went around the loop, the same path I was walking a few weeks ago. It's a good workout breaking a trail in the new snow.
I was thinking about when we bought these skis, boots and poles. It was back when my parents first moved into this house, and that would be about 40 years ago! I think some of the waxes - yes, these are the old wooden skis that you wax yourself for different temperatures - are just as old. I had picked out wider skis with stouter bindings for trail breaking. They still work fine.
I didn't go very far or very fast, but it was good to get out to play instead of doing chores. There were a few tracks of some kind of small creatures in places, squirrels I think. It's snowing out there again now, so it'll all be new again in the morning, just a couple of inches. Maybe I'll give it a go again then. I suppose it'd be easier to break a trail with snow shoes first, and use the skis after, but I don't have snowshoes just now.
Looking ahead a few days, I think we're going to have a cold spell next week. They're forecasting below zero temps for a few nights. I think I'll dig out another blanket.