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Pictures - A rare Snowshoe Outing 2014

 

What a wonderful day and a wonderful group. Eighteen keen folks showed up at rare Charitable Research Reserve headquarters on Saturday February 08, 2014 to snowshoe. The group consisted of Grand Valley Trails Association members and other rare Charitable Research Reserve supporters. After a car shuttle to Springbank Farm (North House) we started the revised snowshoe hike that had been pre-hiked the day before by Jan and Jamie. On Friday helpful staff at rare Charitable Research Reserve advised us not to tackle the Grand Allée behind Langdon Hall since the snow was exceptionally deep.

We have been waiting a few winters for a good supply of snow like we had today. Yes it was cold but the sun was out and there was not much wind. This was an opportunity for some folks to try out new snowshoes for the first time. It was a relatively short walk yet the snow depth probably made it feel longer for those who do not snowshoe regularly.

Off to a Good Start!

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Snack and Quiz Time

This spot is near the Hogsback (43.374017,-80.354918 - click here to see the "tree" in this Google Maps satellite image). Here we had some hot drinks and snacks while Jan quizzed folks on Olympic trivia. Three people won triangular, wind guards made from red fleece with white maple leaves (one can see an example in the group picture).

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GPS Track of Snowshoe in Google Maps

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Thanks to rare staff for its excellent job of advertising this event. And thanks to all those in this group who donated generously to rare. That donation is on its way to rare :)