Oh my, what a fun day. Snowshoeing in Colorado transports you to a winter wonderland, the perfect backdrop for imaginary stories. Our adventures took us from scouring Narnia looking for the White Witch to trekking in Nepal, reaching Everest Base Camp, and then summiting the top (the youngest to do so)! We spent time simply appreciating our surroundings: the quiet trees, the powdery snow, the crisp air. Ahhh, Colorado. Yes, this is what I left the rat race for.
Now, if any of you were wondering what in the world could possess me to have three children in three years, there was a method to my madness. Other than a fortunate accident that I won't go into right here, this day is the reason! The entire family, together, outside, each moving based entirely on his or her own propulsion (i.e. no baby carriers!). . . all kiddos ready and able to go approximately the same distance . . . no teenagers, anxious to bail . . . We've officially hit the sweet spot!
It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and no wind. We had lots of laughing and goofing around and, much to my pleasure, very little whining.
Chocolate along the way never hurt anyone - especially not mama!
Lots of post-chocolate bliss . . .
Stopping to build "fairy houses" worked even better than the chocolate - who doesn't love carefully excavating tunnels through a snowbank? must. not. collapse. the. tunnel. See his mitten peeking through?
The kids got great exercise and seriously rosy cheeks. As my husband, Sandy, told Charlie - "High vigor, Charlie, you definitely have high outdoor vigor" . . . lucky boy.
Being outdoors as a family, there is nothing else like it. Outside, together, we are adventurers; we are family; we are friends.