For three years I have shared our adventure stories with the hopes that we might just inspire one of you to get active and fit with your dog. We aim to lead by example but I have also offered some tips to help get you started along the way. Today I want to share one of our favorite winter activities with you – snowshoeing with your dog.
I am always a bit disappointed at first when snow falls in our mountains. My mind still clings to the summer ease of grabbing boots, snacks, some water, and heading out to hike one of the hundreds of trails within a couple of hours of where we live. In order to stay active, and in hiking shape, I have to embrace the cold, the snow and the idea that heading out in the woods now takes a little more planning and preparation.
After a while, winter snowshoeing becomes as much of our routine as summer hiking (well, almost. We don’t get out quite as often). Snowshoeing with your dog brings a different kind of fun and challenge that you don’t get hiking dry trails in the sun. It most certainly brings an unmatched beauty that I often find more awe-inspiring than summer views of the same peaks.
For those of you who live in parts of the country that get winter snow, I highly recommend that you try hitting the trails with your dog and some snowshoes in the winter. These previous posts I published will help you get started:
- Selecting and buying snowshoes
- What to wear snowshoeing
- Snowshoeing clothing and gear for your dog
- Snowshoeing Safety
Here is a fun video of Chester and Gretel hiking in the snow (Yes, that is me breathing like a wild beast behind them. Ha, ha)