A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

More skiing

February 9, 2009
Emilie Phillips

We ended up not going on any AMC trips this weekend because the one scheduled trip was very crowded, and we had some other possible plans.

Saturday we took a friend from work and his new wife out cross country skiing for their first time ever. I forget all the tiny little details that you have to explain initially such as how to put your hand through the pole strap. We started out the day going obsurdly slowly. We made sure to give them some practice with snow plowing. And by the end of the day we were going at a quite reasonable pace, and Stacy was running up the hill for «just one more trip down.» They were enthused enough that they bought one set of used rentals, and are borrowing an old set of ours so they can go skiing closer to home.

For the longer trip of the weekend, Tyson had been eyeballing some potential glades on Wildcat or the Nanamocomuck trail off the Kancamagus. Bill was interested in finding the glades on Wildcat, but was busy this weekend, so we postponed that. Scott, whom we hadn’t gotten to ski with yet this year, was interested in the Nanamocomuck, but suggested we just do the upper portion. Skipping the lower portion ended up being a good idea since we got back to the car at the end of the day. The weather forecasts for Sunday were all over the place. There were two cold fonts coming in, and I heard everything from mid 40’s and sunny to low 20’s and snowing. When we met up in Lincoln, we got something different yet — rain. It was just the three of us, so we could have cancelled. But we all had our rain gear and felt like getting out, so we decided to persevere. Luckily, at higher elevations it was snowing, so we got snow for a bit, and before we managed to ski down out of the freezing region, enough of the front came through that the clouds cleared up and we had a nice sunny day. On the other hand, all the soft, slushy snow from the couple of warm days froze up on us. Mostly the trail was quite nice. There were a few places where it coincided with a snowmobil track. And unfortunately we got lost on two of those. We saw plenty of moose tracks but no moose. Lower down there were some gorgeous views from some of the swamps. By the end of the day we were all beat from the snow condition. It was a fun trip, though, much better than the morning had set out to be. Pictures

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  • I can clearly remember learning to put on poles for the first time. But boy, that was a *long* time ago, and I’d not have thought about it without reading this. Everyone I’ve taught in the past couple years has known that part.