January 11th, 2017
While back home in Chapleau for Christmas, my boyfriend Alex (it was his first time coming home with me over Christmas and his first northern winter experience; and I was really excited to have him with me) really wanted to do some outdoor exploring. I suggested that one day we go snowshoeing. I hadn't been snowshoeing since 4th grade when I went down a trail with my class, got an asthma attack, almost fainted and had to pant all the way back because I stupidly didn't bring my inhaler. Now, I have more stamina and my cardio is better so I knew I would do much better. My friends, Lianne and Amanda, joined us too. They provided the snowshoes. They got the more modern, smaller versions with cleats; while Alex and I used the old fashioned tennis rackette shoes.
We ventured behind the Golf Course and made a trail of our own as we trekked one by one through the trees and snow. It really was a perfect day to go snowshoeing. The weather was great and there was only little speckles of snow falling from the sky. The only downer was that there was a fresh layer of very solid snow on the ground, making it a bit harder to walk through. My shoes didn't have an upward curve at the toe like Alex's, so natural I kept clipping the snow every time I lifted my foot, and fell, a lot.
And what better time to get some snowy portraits of my beautiful friends than when snowshoeing! (My camera never once touched the snow, which I think was the biggest achievement of the day.)
This shot is one of my favourites from the day. I was in quite the kneeling position while taking it. I had to have Alex and Amanda stand behind me so that I could lean on them. Otherwise I couldn't get the right angle and would have fallen over.
This was definitely a much better snowshoeing experience than the last time I went. I was glad to be able to trek through the snow, do some photography and laugh while I tumbled in really great company.
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