Back to Skiing

I went for a ski after work today.  There was a lot of snow on the trail.  at times it was above my knee.  Im guessing it averaged about a foot and a half of new snow.  This caused the skiing to be slow and more of a walk than a glide.  It was great to be out in the fresh air and watch the sun setting behind the trees.  As I was skiing along I flushed a grouse that had been bedded down underneath the snow.  There wasn’t really a trace of it being there, and as I skied up onto where it was hiding, it exploded out of the snow leaving a perfect set of wing prints in the snow.

I have a really cool app on my iPhone called RunKeeper.  It kept stats on my progress including distance traveled and average speed.  Every five minutes it would announce the duration of my ski in both time and distance and then let me know what my average speed was.  On the way out I was averaging 37 minute miles and by the time I got back to the car the average was down to 27 minute miles.  By no means was this a quick ski.  It will be interesting to see what I get to for a speed once the trail is nicely broken in.

Here”s how my fuzzy face fared from the frosty frigidness.  (like my use of appropriate f words?)