We have had so much snow and so many below zero days this winter, getting out to our favorite walking spots has been quite a challenge! The other day it was a balmy +5 Fahrenheit out so we decided to go with Mom to Jensen Lake. We love to walk there but haven’t been since the fall. The trails can be deep if they haven’t been trampled down, so we have to go several days after it snows or it would be too much for us. Katie has been having issues with her arthritis and walking in snow, so we had to leave her home and just us “Grands” headed out with Mom.
Since +5 is too cold for most folks and it was a weekday, we were the only ones out and about on the trails. We prefer to hike around when no one else is there so it was perfect! Lebanon Hills Park has a huge trail system, it has happened to us on occasion, that we set out for an hour walk and get lost so it becomes like two to three hours! Mom doesn’t trust us dogs to lead us back to where we want to be, so we get stuck walking and walking with her poor sense of direction. She seems to think we will lead her on a squirrel or wabbit chase, rather than back to our starting point. On this walk, we took the shorter, simple, roughly one hour route.
Of course, along the way there were huge snow piles for us to climb. That is always lots of fun! Walking in the snow is a great way to stay fit in many ways, but our two favorites are the extra calories your body burns just to stay warm and the extra workout you get walking in snow as it is like walking in sand.