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Recently, we spent some time in the north woods with Chloe, our black lab. Kyle wanted to ice fish, his favorite winter hobby, but Chloe and I were wanting to play in the fresh coating of snow, which was more than a foot deep.

We borrowed some snowshoes and headed for a field near a frozen lake. Watching her delight from the activity was wonderful — her big, pink tongue hanging out past her super-white teeth, as if she was a little girl laughing with her mouth wide open — and made me want to go faster. I was thinking I would only walk in the snow, but soon, we were running and jumping and bounding around.

This is the second time she’s encouraged me to push a bit more (she’s a good sprinting buddy). And enjoying a winter day outside was the best way to beat any late-winter blahs, get some vitamin D and bond with my canine friend.

Have you tried snowshoeing? If you don’t own a pair, many places rent them: at REI, for example, and in the Twin Cities, we rented at Hyland Park in Bloomington before (read about my first experience snowshoeing here). It’s really an accessible sport, especially if you don’t feel like the “sporty” type, and low cost. Give it a try this weekend and let me know what you think!


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