Snow Shoeing

I grew up in New Hampshire, and now live in Maine, but I am definitely not naturally an outdoor girl. I’ve never skied in my life, and hiking and I don’t always get along (black flies = the devil). However, since moving to Maine from New York two years ago I’ve been making some serious strides toward embracing the great outdoors.

On Saturday Ross and I tried our hands at snow shoeing. Neither one of us had done it before, but we both really enjoyed it. We went to Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME, where we rented snow shoes and did their 2.5 mile trail. I have to say, it was just so beautiful. The whole landscape was freshly blanketed in loads of fluffy snow and the trails were easy to follow. It was also a pretty decent work out, taking about 1.5 hours to cover the whole trail.
We were a bit out of place considering neither one of us owned any appropriate outdoor gear. I was wearing several pairs of leggings with leg warmers, and Ross was rocking about four sweatshirts. Oh well, we managed to stay toasty.

Next step is trying cross country skiing, and then MAYBE downhill skiing. The thought of shooting down an ice-covered mountain on a pair of sticks has always frightened me. I’d rather not end my life prematurely by slamming into a pine tree, thankyouverymuch. Any skiers out there with some advice on conquering the fear?

Any cold weather peeps out there with other fun outdoor activity ideas? I’m trying to open my eyes to cold weather fun, so any thoughts are much appreciated!

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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10 Responses to Snow Shoeing

  1. Jacqueline Chaput says:

    A fun hassle/stress/frightening free winter activity: Tubing! Seacoast Fun Park in Windham has it, but I prefer heading west to North Conway, NH and tubing at Cranmore, Attitash, or King Pine. And then shopping at the outlets and getting a nice apr├ęs tube dinner!

  2. another fun and easy to pick up activity is cross country skiing!

  3. kate says:

    I cannot in good conscience recommend that you conquer your fear of downhill skiing. Your fear is trying to tell you something and should be heeded. But x-country skiing is fun, and I love to snowshoe! My friends and I are planning on going to the tubing place mentioned above, if you’d like to tag along.

  4. Amanda says:

    Frost Mountain Yurts in Brownfield. It’s like winter camping, only warm and awesome.

  5. Lisa says:

    yeah…ive tried skiing a few times. im pretty firm in my belief that life throws a lot at you as it is – its better to not tempt the waters with life-threatening activities.

    snow shoeing sounds like my kind of fun! safe, and lots of scenery!

  6. Sues says:

    I’m totally the same way! Trying to embrace my outdoor side. I’ve been dying to go snowshoeing and will hopefully go sometime in the coming weeks :) I want to try cross-country skiing too. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is a good experience but it scares the living daylights out of me, too… I have to say though, I do love learning it (you’re on a small hill for the beginning phases), but I have NO desire to ever be good enough to go down the double black diamonds!

  7. ooh i’ve always wanted to try snowshoeing! hopefully some day (and when i’m brave enough to face the cold ha)

  8. Angela says:

    North Conway and ice skating! Rentals are only ten bucks and they have an adorable little rink in the middle of town. An afternoon of ice skating and dinner at Horsefeathers is perfect.

    I wouldn’t suggest snowboarding or downhill skiing, I tried snowboarding for the first time last year and fell getting off the ski lift on my second trip. I spent the last 6 weeks of winter in a bright pink cast.

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