Let It Snow

This is the first time that titling a blog has ever made me feel like I might start getting chased by a mob wielding snow shovels and ice scrapers.

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Hear a Rookie out, readers. Believe it or not, there is still one good reason to root for a little more snow in these last few weeks of winter! And that reason is Tanglewood Nature Center’s snowshoeing program.

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If you haven’t gotten the chance to check it out yet, the way this winter’s been going, chances are pretty good you’ll still have a few opportunities in the next few weeks to get in a final snowy adventure, and this is one you should not miss.

Tanglewood offers snowshoes for rent at an extremely affordable price ($4 per hour or $12 per day if you’re a member with them, $5 per hour or $15 per day for non-members, and discounted rates for groups).

Once you strap ’em on, you’re free to hit several different trails in Tanglewood’s more than nine-mile system, all of varying lengths and difficulties.

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I went up the Twain Trail for a bit, then opted to loop back onto the President’s Trail because I’m a newbie when it comes to snowshoeing. (The Twain Trail is the longest and classified as a challenging hike, ending in a beautiful scenic overlook.)

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My favorite part about the experience was the spectacular scenery, because this is a one-of-a-kind way to experience a facet of Twain Country beauty that sometimes goes unseen.

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What’s also great, though, is that snowshoeing provides a fun way to work out, especially in the dead of winter. It burns tons of calories, up to 1,000 an hour. It also often works new muscles and is just generally a refreshing alternative to the norm; I’m hoping to make it a bigger part of my attempts at winter fitness next year.

You can rent snowshoes whenever Tanglewood is open, which is Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No time like the present to part on some good terms with winter, because spring will be here before you know it.

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(607) 732-6060
www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com