When out skating a few weeks ago, Anna convinced me that we should go cross-country skiing. Gatineau Park offers a large variety of cross-country skiing trails, both groomed and not. I had known this, of course, but never managed to make it out there in the winter. Well, let me tell you – it’s fantastic! The day was absolutely gorgeous, which helped a lot – a few days after our big snowfall, with highs around 0. Just enough time for trails to have been made, but short enough for the snow to still be pleasant. Let me tell you, though – you really can’t ski downhill in cross-country skis the same way you would on downhill skis! It took me a few tries at ski/hockey stops to realize that I really wasn’t stopping fast with no edge. A few wipe-outs may or may not have been involved…
We took about two and a half hours, half of them filled with frequent stops to adjust layers or take pictures, to do the loop of trails 22 and 34. That was just a tiny little warm-up, compared to what’s available when looking at the map, so I’m really excited to get out more next year.
The skis I had has what the store called “fish scales” instead of a waxable surface, and I can’t say I liked them too much. Trying to skate-ski was extremely difficult (too much resistance), although it made for much smoother progress uphill (and there were LOTS of uphills!). I guess I’ll need to do some research if I’m hoping that Santa will bring me a pair next year.
Some pictures from the day are below, with the rest in a photo set, as always.
Who could ask for a better day?
I even got to try out my super-fancy waterproof camera bag, Dan’s christmas present to me. You can see it at my feet.
There weren’t too many views on the trail that we took, but the lack of undergrowth (well, and leaves) meant that you could see pretty far ahead.
In other news – I got my seed delivery today! That means that I really need to get on top of setting up my greenhouse and figuring out what needs to be planted when!
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