Snowshoeing With Whiskey Dog - In A Colorado Minute (Week 198) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.
To go snowshoeing has been a dream of mine ever since my brother Asterix and I were little kids and would go on imaginary Arctic explorations as we pulled our sleds across the snow-covered fields behind our house.
This week, Scott and I made this dream come true when we pulled off the road along Poudre Canyon (in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains), strapped snowshoes to our boots and walked out into the snow-covered unknown.
Of course, we had our dog Whiskey by our side - however, any attempts to get her to be protected by footwear was thwarted by her just walking right out of them. But in the video you can see how much fun she had and how awesome it is to go snowshoeing with dogs. Just make sure you bring a towel to dry their feet every once in a while and if your dog's size allows, be ready to carry your pup for a little while.
Walking through untouched beautiful nature with those I love - and without running into any other hikers - was absolute bliss.
Snowshoes don't exactly allow you to walk on top of the snow as you can see in the video, but they let you stay on top a bit better and push snow away from around your boots - so your boots and feet stay dry and mostly warm. Now you can really take your time and explore areas that aren't as maintained and crowded as more common hiking trails.
Now, the next step is to go cross-country skiing - so we can glide along quietly and maybe catch the glimpse of some animals without disturbing them. Until then, we'll take every chance we get to go snowshoeing again!
A personal tip for a snowy hike: wear weather-resistant pants and bring a sturdy blanket and drinks/food, so you can sit down for a pick-nick in the snow.
This week's special thank you goes to Deanna for giving me the weather-resistant pants and snowshoes!
The featured song is the instrumental version of "Only Whispering" by Josh Woodward, who makes this and most of his songs available through a Creative Commons license via his website: http://JoshWoodward.com. Thank you, Josh!
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