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I have been fighting this cold for over a week now. Sore throat and cough… not fun! Because of this, I have not done much as far as outdoor activities go. Then on Tuesday, winter decided to finally show up and dumped 21 inches of snow. Finally some snow!

So I spent my lunch yesterday in the woods trudging through the deep snow and following deer tracks.

I forgot how hard it is to snowshoe in super deep snow. Even with my snowshoes, my foot made a deep hole… the snow came half way up my calf.

I love snowshoeing in Powder Mills park since this one particular trail leads you along the creek. It was so peaceful and beautiful! The only sounds that I heard were my heavy breathing, the crunching sound of my snowshoes hitting the snow, birds singing, the occasional creaking of trees as the breeze gently swayed them, and a faint sound of the water flowing underneath the ice.

I was so happy to be outside! I feel as if the heavy breathing made my sickness go away. I always have reservations about doing things when I am sick… a while ago I went for a bike ride while congested and it was not pretty. But I am convinced that being outside makes everything better. I should have gone outside earlier. :)

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lunch

I spent my lunch in the woods following deer tracks and a stream.

51The deer set the best routes… if you follow them, you will for sure have an adventure.

2It was so nice to be out… the weather has been super frigid lately and I felt cooped up.

4I was alone in the woods. It was quiet and serene. I did occasionally hear a few birds sing and the sound of the stream rolling through the ice.

6The snow was fantastic.

3Lunch was just… perfect.

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Winter is finally back! A while ago we got some snow and it was great! I was able to get out and enjoy the snow. But then we had a warm spell and all of the snow melted away. Such a waste! Then it became super frigid for a few weeks. Who wants to go outside and do anything in 2 degree (or colder) weather?? Finally, the temperature has improved and we even got some snow. What do you do when the perfect conditions arise?? You go outside and play!

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My favorite winter activities are cross country skiing and snowshoeing. I have not skied as much as I would have liked to so far, but I have gone snowshoeing a bunch. My favorite spot to go is Powder Mills Park. It is not because the park is close to my house, although that is a plus… it is because the park has super trails!

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You can always find fresh powder or spots where the snow is untouched by anyone. In fact, every time I go, I am the only person on the trail. The terrain is great! There are some flat sections, some hilly sections, and some rolling sections. To make it even more challenging and fun, I bushwhack through the forest and just explore. The best outing is to follow deer tracks… no need for trail markers.

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Irondequoit Creek

I usually snowshoe on the trails near the downhill ski area, starting on the Powderhorn Trail. The trail is fun since it takes you along Irondequoit Creek and near the YMCA Camp Arrowhead. It is super pretty!

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But since I always go on that trail, this past Monday I decided to explore a different route (across the street from the Powderhorn Trail). I climbed up a steep section and ended up on top of the ridge. I was super surprised about the terrain. The possibilities were endless… I could have been there all day! There is no trail per se… if you look at the park’s trail map, it marks the section as “unmarked trails”. I cannot really tell you where I was, but it was definitely a super fun section.

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My “trail”

What I love about snowshoeing is that you can make it as easy or as challenging as you like. You can simply walk, you can hike on a steeper section of a particular trail, or you can run. That’s right… I said run. Talk about a workout!

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Winters can be a drag, but a beautiful, sunny, snowy day makes winters fun!

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