The snow arrived as promised, but it seems there’s -#NEVER ENOUGH. I previously mentioned a planned snowshoeing event at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on New Year’s Eve -where I ended up as the ‘sweep’ on the event. I was the last guy in the group, making sure we didn’t leave anyone behind, out on the trail. It was cold (-5 degrees F) and the turnout (about 30) was about 1/2 of what had been planned. I was following a young mom with her 7 year old boy, and they were moving pretty slowly. The boy dropped a snowshoe and I helped get him going again, then he kept taking his mittens off to make snowballs -too cold for that! It was their first time snowshoeing and they enjoyed it. We didn’t lose anyone, and folks had fun -with no frostbite! I guess it was a success!
I brought my HT (handheld transceiver), aka a small amateur radio, along just to test it on 2 m simplex (146.52 MHz) as we snowshoed. I reached a couple of drivers traveling the nearby highway. The area normally has cell service, so a phone could be used if emergency personnel were required (but it’s nice to know there’s a viable back-up). I didn’t have any local repeater programmed in the radio -it’s a rural area, but I expect there is a repeater or two within reach. I’ll have to check that out!
Just over a week later, we got a good snowfall, 10″-14″ locally/regionally. The snowblower came in handy, and had it’s first real workout this season. I’ve now been out snowshoeing a few more times in recent weeks.
The first trip, since the good snow, was December 12th, to Frontenac SP ( about 70 mi. south of Minneapolis) along the Mississippi River, (also about 10 mi. So. of Red Wing, Minnesota. It’s a small park along a wide expanse of the river known as Lake Pepin, just north of Lake City. There are many large, scenic bluffs along the river valley in this area -very picturesque in any season.
We had received good snow the day before, and I was determined to get out. Again it was well below zero (day’s high was -5 degrees F), and I saw no one else in the park while I was there. I had fresh powder and freezing cold, all to myself ;-). Continually removing my gloves to take photos quickly became difficult, given the cold weather.
After a couple of hours snowshoeing and taking photos in Frontenac SP, I decided to revisit the Ranger Station and warm up a bit. I found that I was indeed the only person to visit the park that day. I soon departed and headed north to Minneapolis, hoping to avoid heavy rush-hour traffic after my 90+ minute commute back to the city.
On my way home, I decided to swing by Minnehaha Falls, for a winter view.
For a summer view of the Falls, the creek and Minnehaha Park, look here. I’ve also been snowshoeing at Lake Maria SP and Ft. Snelling SP over the past ten days, and those adventures will appear shortly.
I’ll post the additional snowshoeing next week -hopefully. I continue to have problems uploading photos to the blog, and cannot figure it out. I’ve contacted my blog host and WP seeking help -to no avail. It’s getting frustrating, and I have other things to do besides this blog! It shouldn’t be this difficult! Wish me luck! WP -HELP!
73 de Mike, KEØGZT