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The old snow shoe

January 10, 2011 - Deb Gau
I suited up to go on a hike with snowshoers in Garvin Park this weekend, and enjoyed the scenery and company. I felt like kind of a dork, however, when I actually managed to step out of one of my snowshoes - I must not have gotten the back strap tight enough on that foot. Because it was tough to get the snowshoes on without someplace to sit down, I ended up having to take off my other "shoe" and backtrack a ways along the trail to find a bench.

All in all, however, it was a much more successful trip than the first time I ever went snowshoeing. That was at the candlelight hike/ski at Camden State Park last year. The snowshoes provided through the state park were the traditional wooden kind with the super-long frames, instead of the much more petite metal ones the folks with the Shetek Environmental Learning Center had on Saturday. At one point during the Camden hike, I actually managed to get stuck on the trail while trying to turn around. The snowshoes were just about as long as the trail was wide, you see, so I turned 90 degrees to the side and found I couldn't move anymore.

I don't remember exactly how I got unstuck, but I do remember thinking it was a miracle I didn't also manage to fall into a snowbank in the process. I would've been as helpless as a turtle on its back. (Coincedentally, this is also the reason I've never tried skiing. Disaster waiting to happen, I tell ya.)


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