Keeping with the theme of outdoor winter activities…
We booked in for a guided snow-shoeing walk in the Rocky Mountain National Park. These activities are offered for free and are conducted by rangers and volunteers, but you do need to book in advance.
We once again hired equipment and headed for the park. We were early and so took a practice walk before the group was due to meet up.
We walked across a frozen lake to this frozen waterfall. I discovered that I quite like snow-shoeing. I think that if I lived in a snowy place it’s something I’d like to do much more of. I certainly felt more comfortable doing this than sledding and it was much less painful than the ice-skating.
It was really cold. As we were waiting for the group to assemble it started to snow. The ranger checked the temperature and announced that it was -13F (-25C). During the pre-trip briefing she said that if anyone in the group felt too cold to continue at any time they should let her know and one of the volunteers would escort them back to the starting point (car park). About 4 seconds later Gorgeous Girl informed Gorgeous Man that she was too cold to do the walk. So she and I sat in the car while Gorgeous Man tromped through the snow.
It was this day that we realised that the winter clothes that Gorgeous Man and I had with us were inadequate for the weather and on the way back from the National Park we stopped at a thrift store and purchased a warmer winter coat for the princely sum of $5 each. The cabin we were staying in had a washer and dryer, so a few hours later they were ready to wear.