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Sunday, December 19, 2010
New Scouting Tool: Equipment Test
I know the blog updates have been slow since I've moved to Minnesota. I haven't had consistent internet access until recently, but the real limiting factor has been the snow. Last weekend was my first weekend down here, so of course a big snow storm hit. Highways going out of town in every direction were closed from Saturday afternoon to around Noon on Sunday. I needed to get out this weekend, so Saturday I drove Northeast to Mankato, MN, to pick up some XC skis. I checked out some how-to videos on You-tube last night and it looked easy enough.
I woke up early this Morning and checked the forecast. Looked perfect!
After picking up some BK Breakfast in Jackson I drove to Kilen Woods State Park. There were about 10 deer out on the snow as I was pulling up to the park entrance. I snapped this picture out the car window while driving by so it's not the best.
I parked the car, stepped into the skis, and shuffled through the gate. There was supposed to be a groomed trail somewhere, but I didn't see it. I saw some snowmobile tracks that looked to be going in the right direction and headed that way. Cross country skiing isn't as easy as I thought. My legs and poles were flailing in every direction as I scooched over the snow. I eventually found a bit of a rhythm, but not what I had hoped yet.
I think the deer cross here. Maybe I'll find some sheds out on the snow here in a few weeks.
Looking Southeast across the ravine, I spotted a deer out on the snow. It looked like a decent buck, but I didn't have binoculars. You might be able to see the black dot if you click on the picture to make it larger, the black dots really stand out in person.
I skirted the ravine, then decided to drop down the hill to get to a flat spot on the other side. Then I heard the crack.
Yep, that's what I thought it was. Broken ski in the first 2 hours of the first day! I hope this isn't one of them omens. Luckily I was only about a mile from the car, and XC boots are a lot easier to walk in than Downhill boots.
The tracks on the left are going in. The tracks on the right are coming out.
I exchanged the skis this morning, and got home in time to catch the end of the Chiefs game. Had awhile before dark so I drove into Okoboji and practiced on a groomed trail in town. One hour, no cracks! We'll see how long they last.