We gathered at Slate Run Park and had a good turnout of Peggy, Butch, Cindy, Craig B, Jeff S, Evie, Al and Kevin K. We all had cross country skis except for Craig, who jogged with us on snowshoes. For laughs, I put on my cycling helmet and had I known the perils that were to come, I would have/should have kept it on. Slate Run has over 23,000 acres of land and a beautiful mix of meadows and woods. We shoved off on the Five Oaks Trail into the woods. Soon we came to a steep downhill with a 90⁰ turn to the left at the bottom. I was amazed at Flyin Tuna’s bravery as she began gliding down the hill but soon realized her plan was for a series of controlled falls to brake her speed. After 3-4 collapses into the snow she reached the corner where she continued to scoot for an extended period on a delicate balancing act of two skis and rear planted firmly to the ground. It was slow going but it worked and not knowing any better, I thought that was how it’s done so I aped the technique and got to the bottom the same way. The more experienced skiers, having waited for someone thus allowing us to temporarily get ahead, came to the top of that hill and promptly took their skis off and walked down. Huh, had not thought of that. Kevin K had been with us at the front and he skied down and stayed upright but not without running into the railing. Still, impressive to have almost made the bottom turn.
The forecast is looking good for the end of the week and I’m planning a route for cycling this Saturday. I also noticed on the drive out of Slate Run that the passing of the clouds revealed a sunset that is much later than it was a couple of weeks ago. I think I can see the light at the end of the winter tunnel.