This year has been a different story. I have been training for a marathon and it has been a lean snow year so far. If I hadn't gone winter camping in the snow with the Scouts a few weeks back, I would have had doubts about there being enough snow to go to our usual spots. Snowshoeing had dropped off my radar for some reason.
But as my wife and I were driving around, she mentioned something about snowshoeing and it hit me that in spite my good intentions, I hadn't been out this year. I knew that I could probably do my long run on Friday since it was shorter week this week. Things worked out, I got the long run in as planned and lined up Corey and Gordon and off we went to a familiar place up American Fork Canyon.
It was a great day to snowshoe!
|Gordon ready to get after it.|
We kept up a good pace from Tibble Fork up to Granite Flats campground. Once in the campground, there was a trail head to Box Elder Peak. We decided to go up just a little ways and then we cut over to another trail and dropped back down into the campground.
|Gordon and Corey|
|Me and my "little boy."|
|Cutting across to the other trail.|
|Nice views heading back down to the campground.|
|Box Elder Creek|
|Snow on the Pines|
As we went down through the campground, the Scoutmaster in me couldn't help but think that the picnic tables would make a nice single snow cave that wouldn't have much of a chance of collapsing. If I could talk the scouts into the mile hike up, I think they would have a blast.
|Picnic Table Covered with Snow|
We headed to the bottom of the campground and then followed a trail down that followed the creek all the way back down the the parking lot. We hadn't been this way before and we all really enjoyed it.
|Almost to the parking lot.|
It was fun to get out and do something that was not only a great workout, but full of fun for all of us as well. I hope this isn't the one and only trip of the season.
A big payoff was yesterday when my son and I were sitting at the table and he said that he noticed a big difference this year. He has been working out on the treadmill quite faithfully and he said that it made the trip much more enjoyable!
Hang in there and I will too!