SNOWSHOE, SKIJOR, and KICKSLED…just some winter fun photos!

winter collage

On this page, we share a collection of random winter photos…taken during various activities…just a visual representation of how we keep busy in our non-paddling season!

Some new photos…from winter 2015-16 ( well, as much winter as we have received so far!) Our next blog post, end of January, or so, will have much more about these activities!

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And…from prior years…..

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 So much fun to go skijoring on the lake we paddle in the summer..the same lake where we observed the very distinct browse line ( and I lost my car keys!).

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After a brief thaw, freezing returns with hard, crusty snow…Edgar checks out some ledges.

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Cold days ( single digit temps) mean parka and boots!

We have purchased parkas for both dogs, from our dog sled supplier in Maine…they are handmade in Maine, of high quality, and protect the dogs from our sometimes brutal winds. They can also shield the dogs from freezing rain.

Strange weather and ice formations this season!

Strange weather and ice formations this season!

We do get some varying water levels at our local reservoir…makes for some interesting conditions!

And of course, we love to get our with the dogs on skis, snowshoes, or kicksled…they are both rescues from South Carolina, but have readily acclimated to our Vermont snows!l

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Heading down the new rail trail…..

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Finally, enough snow ( 6 inches) to get out the snowshoes!

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Click on the link below for a sample sledding video…..

https://vimeo.com/75261049

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Hilloo, hilloo, hilloo, hilloo!
Gather, gather, ye men in white;
The winds blow keenly, the moon is bright,
The sparkling snow lies firm and white;
Tie on the shoes, no time to lose,
We must be over the hill to-night.

edgar mill trail icy

First Kicksled of the year…Griff seemed happy to be running in front of the led…not real fast today, but in a mostly straight line! He’ll be happy to have his partner Edgar to help him pull…..

december kicksled 4 december kicksled 2

So the temperature was 22 below zero (f.) this morning…it has been a cold few days, after a snowstorm that brought 8 inches of so of nice snow. No snowshoeing yet, but we were able to get out for a winter hike yesterday. Since it was only about 3 degrees, I went with booties, single layer for front paws, and double for back paws ( as they tend to get colder more easily).  Griff had a wonderful time!

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griff run profile

When it is not quite snowshoe conditions, we use Kahtoola Microspikes….great traction, and though not as aggressive as real crampons, allow us to hike in conditions that otherwise would be too risky. Sometimes, we’ll bring along the snowshoes, just in case!

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