Thursday Feb 11, clear blue skies, bright afternoon sun, 30 degrees, 6 inches of fresh snow – a perfect day for snowshoeing. I’ve been away from the trails for 3 weeks. I didn’t feel like trail blazing today. So I drove near the Old Barn Resort, where there is a striking rock cut along the Root River State Trail.
The sun was at a rare good angle for photography. The trail was freshly groomed with plenty of room for me to snowshoe at the packed edge of the trail.
Once again, I was struck by the quiet of the woods. No road noise, no wind, just quiet. A few crows cut the silence with their annoying call, but not enough to be a true distraction.
About 1/4 mile into my hike, the trail curved and revealed one of the many bridges over the Root River.
Arriving at the bridge I found a hawk and a mourning dove perched in trees along the river. From the bridge I could hear the gurgling of the river where the fresh water broke through the ice encouraging me that spring may be coming soon.
Further on down the trail I met Steve and Brenda accompanied by their German Short Hair “Hunter”. Brenda remarked how great it was to get away from the hustle and noise of life to take in the beauty of the trail.
Hunter was wearing a harness and Brenda had a strap with a line attached around her waist. When she got tired of skiing or faced a small uphill climb, Hunter was enlisted to play the role of “ski dog” and pull her along the trail.
I watched her hook Hunter up and he pulled Brenda more than 100 yards. At that point, Hunter got distracted by something he saw along the trail and true to his name he dashed off to check it out. Needless to say, Brenda had a small crash landing – but no harm done.
The long range forecast looks like we won’t have a thaw any time soon. So snowshoe and cross country ski conditions should be excellent all along the miles of groomed Root River Trail through the rest of the month.
Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota is located near by. Bed and Breakfasts and Inns to suit any taste await your visit. A new restaurant “Kari’s” has opened this winter featuring authentic Norwegian Cuisine. It will be open on weekends throughout the winter.
This snow shoe blog is authored by Marv Eggert owner of Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B where we feature just-baked bread delivered to your room each morning. Happy Snowshoeing!!!!