Friday, December 10, 2010

snowy Maine woods.

In my post about running in the winter, I forgot to say that I also like to mix it up in the winter when I can and snowshoe or cross-country ski.  Thursday afternoons during swim season are set aside for "Mommy time,"  a few hours between finishing work and Sam's departure for practice.  Yesterday I took Jackson for a hike, but I had to move quickly in the one hour of daylight I had.  That's right, in this part of Maine, the very easternmost edge of the eastern time zone, it is just about dark by 4:00 in December.  

Jackson found some friends on the trail.  Especially the black dog named Jack aided my attempts to exhaust Jackson.  They went a little crazy in the snow chasing each other.  Love it.
 It was very cold yesterday, and I almost didn't go out in it, but I'm so glad I did.  I love the way the world feels more quiet and hushed by the snow cover and how invigorating cold air feels.  And Jackson, our southern lad, is loving his northern snowy life.  Good boy, Jacks.

Have a great weekend!


Sarah Woulfin said...

I love your snoeshoes and really want to learn how to hike/walk/run in snowshoes!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! You make me want to pick up and move up your way!

Kim Oldenburgh said...

Have you even tried night snow shoeing? It's the only way I can snow shoe because of my 45 minute commute from work. When I head out, it's already dark and some nights I don't even need my headlamp with the beautiful moonlight. Even the dogs have little collar lights so I can see them! Last night I "shoed" for two hours and I actually jogged for a mile in them! (The trail conditions need to be perfect for that)