After almost no snow the entire
month of January we finally got a decent snow fall of about 6 to 7 inches
Friday night into Saturday morning. This Sunday February 5 was our
first real chance to use the snow shoes we received from our wives for
Christmas. I talked to Pete and he was in for a snow shoe hike out
on the golf course at Oakland University (OU). Steve was too busy to
join us and Bob returned his snow shoes with the intention of getting a
different pair which would allow him to run in the snow. Even though
Bob doesn't have snow shoes he decided to go out and jog on the cart path
and then meet us for lunch.
I was surprised to see the golf cart
paths were actually plowed and passable for walking or jogging. This
was good news for Bob.
I drove over to Pete's house to pick
him up for the short drive to OU. Pete was ready and excited to try
out the new snow shoes. Pete had already strapped his boots into his
snow shoes so all he had to do was step into the boots and he would be
ready to go. He said he did this to save time, I think he just
wanted to make his big old boots fit into the snow shoe bracket and
The parking lot was partially plowed
so we didn't have any trouble finding a spot to park. It was cold
outside and cloudy, a perfect day for a snow shoe hike. Our
experience of riding in the cold weather has taught us how to dress
properly for any type of weather. Pete and I weren't sure exactly
what to expect sense neither of us had ever gone snow shoeing. It
was very easy to put the snow shoes on. You just step into the
plastic bracket and then clip the straps together. Once the straps
are clipped then you just pull the end of the strap to cinch them tight
and you are ready to go. The snow shoes came with poles. The
poles are the telescoping type so you can set them to the proper length.
The bottom of the snow shoes have a couple rows of metal spikes that
prevent slipping while walking on ice or up and down hills.
Once we started walking it felt a
little strange at first. You still sink down into the snow, but not
as far down as you would without snow shoes. The front end of the
snow shoe points upwards making it easy to step into and out of each
individual step. It was actually easier to hike around in the
relatively deep snow with the snow shoes. It will be interesting to
try them out when we really have deep snow, like a couple feet or more.
I don't think it will happen this year but maybe we will have better luck
next winter and get a couple really heavy snow falls.
We saw deer tracks and dog tracks.
There were a couple people out with cross country skis, but I think Pete
and I were the only ones out with snow shoes. It was a lot of fun,
both Pete and I agreed having snow shoes was good thing. I was
slightly worried that snow shoeing might be boring, but that isn't the
case at all.
After walking for about a half hour
we called Bob to see where he was. He had already finished running
and was ready to head for lunch. Pete and I told him where we were
and Bob jogged over toward us and we met him on our way back to the
parking lot. When we saw Bob both Pete and I started to do a slow
run in the snow shoes. We found it relatively easy to run at a slow
pace. When we got close to Bob I took off my snow shoes to let him
try them out. Bob quickly strapped them on over his running shoes
and before we knew it he out walking with Pete with the snow shoes.
Even though Bob didn't go very far he also agreed that they were fun.
I took a few pictures of us hiking
in the snow shoes, see the end of this page for the pictures.
After our hike through the golf
course we went to Friday's for lunch. We hadn't eaten there in quite
a while and decided to try it out again. We used to like going to
Fridays until they remolded a few months ago and turned the music up too
loud. Background music is nice, but when it is so loud that you
can't comfortably carry on a conversation it is annoying. The lunch
was good, after our sandwiches and the Bob special we headed back home.
Overall the snow shoes were deemed a success and we will definitely get
good use of them over the next few winters.