This has been sitting around in my drafts, but I finally got a moment to finished writing it and hit publish.
In early January, I went up to Heart Lake for the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Winter Fest. It was so much fun! I got to try a variety of winter sports again, like snowshoeing and cross country skiing in such a beautiful setting. And, since they were running a membership special, I decided to join.
It’s sort of ironic that as I prepare to likely put my house on the market, I am falling in love with so many outdoor activities in the Adirondacks. I’ll likely end up selling my place and then paying for a hotel to do all the activities I am learning to love.
The photo below is Heart Lake. Isn’t it just beautiful?
I cross country skied all over the lake, and it was a blast. It was the second time I tried it, and it convinced me that it is something I really want to pursue. I especially enjoyed it on the lake and untouched snow. Not to say the track at Gore Mountain that I did the week before was not fun, but this was a great way to see places that I normally wouldn’t have.
Then I went on a guided snowshoe hike through the mountains. Over steams and through trees, it was so nice to be able to experience the woods like this. I found I really enjoyed this as well. Despite buying a pair of snowshoes a number of years ago, I’ve never used them.
Winterfest, a time when you can try all types of winter activities for free and get a taste of winter life in the mountains, really reinforced my love for the outdoors. I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but because I have never had anyone who shared that love, I haven’t done many of the things I’ve wanted – like snowshoeing or trying to cross-country ski.
I’m tired of waiting for friends, or a significant other, to want to go on these adventure with me. I’ll admit, it’s really tough to always do things alone, but I can’t let it keep me from trying new things. Going out in the woods alone is a bit scary, so these guided hiked and events are very helpful for someone like me until I get more comfortable, and learn to trust my instincts and body.