The world is a very beautiful place. Especially when you see it beneath a million twinkling stars and one tiny slice of the moon. Nighttime is, quite possibly, Mother Nature's most glorious time. Especially at this time of year because so many of us, humans and animals, live to hibernate when the sun goes down. A cold winter's night becomes a serene landscape of untouched snow, untrodden paths and the sounds of, well...of nothing. Of sleep. Of peace and ultimate quite. That is, if you're lucky enough to live near land that exists as nothing more than land. And I am lucky in that way.
Nature's Fitness—he so graciously loaned us each a pair of showshoes (and one headlamp).
That's what happens when you get your heart rate up. Blood pumps to every working part and piece on your body—and that translates to burning calories. Believe you me that snowshoeing is a most excellent way to burn some calories. To get some cardio, too. And it might even be harder than running in the snow because you're lugging around extra equipment. (You be the judge.) But don't let the equipment sway you from the experience. In fact, despite the equipment, I think it's more enjoyable than running. And I like running. It's easier to soak in your surroundings when you're snowshoeing, obviously because the pace is slower. And in our case, even though it was dark, we wanted to soak in as much as we could. Good thing I brought my camera:
It's a good workout, too. I promise you that as well.
So thanks again, Nature's Fitness. We definitely enjoyed ourselves.
Question: Got a great snowshoeing story? Tell me! If not, then tell me what you did this weekend to get your heart pumpin'!