Tuesday, December 25, 2007

In Search of Ice

Christmas Day and I was really in need of some exercise to wear off the Holiday cheer so I hit the Cannon Valley Trail with my XC skis. I have been trying to figure out where I can find a local ice flow to play with now that I have my gear. I figured on a spot along the trail that has springs coming out of the bluffs. Well I found my springs and also watercress growing in the middle of winter! No ice flows but the local wildlife was abundant around the springs. Squirrels, a woodchuck, possum and alot of birds. I put over 5 miles on my Classic skis. I gave my skate skis a try today. I'm not sure if I like them yet or not. We'll see about those. BTW White Zinfandel wine with a couple of fresh crushed blackberrys is fantastic with Christmas dinner!


Rosie said...

Hi Nora,

Shame you didn't find a floe, but I envie you the wood chuck.

I did my first cross crountry class (classic) yesterday and loved it! The snow was just so perfect! I have a ski skating class today, with the same instructor (Jenny), I can't wait!

Tomorrow I will be too sore to do more than a bit of light skating...

Have fun on the Kinnie! I look forward to the pics! Let me know, when you come to the Cities! I'd love to join you!

Happy New Year!!!

Nora said...

Hi Rosie,
That's great that you're XC skiing. I've done it since I was 18 and love it! Incredible exercise! This winter is the first in years that the snow has been consistantly good enough to go everyday. Right now the Kinni has been trumped by wind...I'll be kiting tomorrow for sure. Verm is still froze solid :(. Let me know how the skate skiing goes. I have a pair but I'm thinking the boots are all wrong for them. Let me know when you're ready for the bluffs and I'll take you up.