Finally I got a chance to snowshoe! Dave and I went together for Valentine’s Day. We’re so romantical! Technically it was the day after but who’s keeping track? I was all worried I’d need to learn how to snowshoe. I actually found a free class that REI puts on at their stores, but then decided it can’t be that complicated and to just go for it instead. I’m glad I didn’t take the time to do that because it’s actually very easy!
We went to the The Vera Meineke Nature Center on Schaumburg Road where you can rent snowshoes for $4.00/3 hours. It’s a great deal! Especially because they have a few different kinds of shoes to chose from. The old fashioned wooden type or the more modern aluminum model.
They had us watch a thrilling 5 minute video on how to snowshoe and soon we were fitting ourselves with our shoes. Dave ended up with the old fashioned version because they fit his boots better and I ended up in the modern kind. We headed out into the snow, had someone take our photo so we could document the trip, and started exploring the area.
There were a few other people around but it wasn’t crowded at all. We explored a bit and found a little cabin on the grounds, a couple of bridges, and a quaint little farm. Even though it was frigid out, we really worked up a sweat and the next day my legs were pretty sore. Seems like a good way to stay in shape while enjoying the outdoors. It was a nice change of pace for us because we really haven’t spent anytime outside since the fall. We both agreed that even with the cold weather we should get out more often.