Saturday, January 23, 2010

"If you can walk, then you can snowshoe"

Article and photos by:
Jessie Strains

Despite these words of wisdom provided by our tour guide at Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, many of those brave enough to attempt snow-shoeing in the Alps, myself included, spent a fair amount of time sitting in the snow instead of walking across the snow. Those who chose to participate in the excursion took
a bus at 8:00 Saturday morning, January 16th to the park. We viewed a short presentation about the park and then wandered out into nature to try out snow-shoeing. Our snow shoes did not look like tennis racquets for our feet, but they worked! The time not spent looking at our feet in fear of falling through the snow was spent in awe of the majestic mountains and scenery. Snow-shoeing was truly the best cure for the finals gloom that tried to settle over our group. Maybe next time we will remember snow pants and “feste Schuhe”.

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