117: Amazing day

(Ski tracks through the woods.)

This is the kind of day that makes me think I love winter.  M and I went to the Pine Lodge Ski Center at Chapin Forest Reservation for our cross-country ski lesson.  The instructor was wonderful and brutal.  Wonderful in that she seemed to figure out quickly what we needed to learn and how we needed to learn it.  Brutal in that she kept us going for pretty much the entire 90-minute lesson.  I guess she figured we could handle it.

I might not be able to walk again for at least a week.  lol!

Brutal, also, in that she kept making us work our way up a hill so we could learn how to come down it.  In the end, this tackled my fear of going downhill, which was probably her ulterior motive.  Hehehe.  I did tell her I worried about going downhill because I didn’t know how to stop or control my speed (and it always seemed to me that the downhill part ought to be the fun part!).  By the third trip down I was feeling okay about it.  What clinched it for me was when we were on a more gentle downslope later on and I slipped out of the ski tracks, slid across the path, and managed to stop myself without panic or having to think about it too much.

Yep.  We had a great teacher.  We also had a lot of fun and I am so glad we decided on taking a lesson.  I think it will make a world of difference for me.  M seemed pretty confident already.

We worked up quite a sweat.  Even so, we weren’t finished after our lesson.  We decided to head over to Holden Arboretum so M could check out their ski trails and I could hike around for a bit, camera in hand, to take some winter photos.  I took plenty but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see them.  I hiked a mile or so in the deep snow.  Add that to the skiing, and you get one exhausted Robin.  (Oh, we saw a flock of robins today, too!)  I’m trying to get this post up fast so I can put my feet up and rest for the remainder of the evening.  (Note to self:  No more digressing!  You can write all about this tomorrow!)

After arriving home two red foxes ran into the yard and we watched them for a while.  I don’t think I’ve ever had such a good view of a fox, especially in the wild.  I did attempt to take some photos and this is the best of the lot (don’t get your hopes up):

There was a screen on the window, it was past sunset, and by the time I grabbed the camera both foxes were on the move again.  But I think you can tell from the coloring and bushy tail that it’s a fox.

Pretty amazing, really.  The whole day.  🙂

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22 Comments on “117: Amazing day”

  1. starbear says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Good Lesson, Good Teacher, fun, and foxes…!

  2. Wow, look at that fox…you had a good day indeed.

    • Robin says:

      I just wish I could have gotten a better photo of the fox, Martina. Ah well. I should (and do) consider myself lucky to have seen the pair of them. 🙂

  3. I would really like to learn how to cross-country ski. It seems like the perfect winter activity! Love the photo of the ski tracks btw.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, SuburbanMisfit. 🙂

      It is a great winter activity that burns tons of calories. Best of all, it’s fun and sometimes relaxing in a meditative way.

  4. Kel says:

    ooooh
    so envious
    i reckon nordic skiing has to be the most funnest way to exercise 🙂

  5. patbean says:

    You made it look like an amazing day. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Karma says:

    That is one great day. You got more than your share of outdoor time, it seems! I’ll bet by now you are feeling it; I’m not sure why, but I always feel most achy after exertion 24 hours after the fact. Someone told me it is called “DOMS” – delayed onset muscle something-or-other – I call it ouch! 😉

  7. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous and snowy!

  8. sherri says:

    I must admit in a setting like that it does look inviting. Love the little fox.

  9. Now that’s an animal we do have here, foxes! Luckily, our back yard is fenced off because some nights our dog goes crazy, barking at the foxes when they come too close. They only venture out at night though.

    They are so pretty, with their big bushy tails and beautiful colourings.

  10. bearyweather says:

    I envy your entire day … my skis are hanging dusty in the garage, the only time I see the sun is if it peeks out on a weekend, the snow is too deep for a fox to visit, and I am buried in school work.
    Thank you very much for sharing what would have been a perfect day for me .. reminds me that there is more to life than work.
    When it comes to skiing … hills are my “downfall”, too. ;0)

  11. Marianne says:

    Yes, I think it looks like a fox too. It looks like a big heavy fox. Our foxes are skinny and sandy coloured.

    Robin, it’s great that you are taking lessons. Sounds like a lot of fun and great exercise. Way to go!

  12. Robin says:

    I was surprised by how big the foxes were, Marianne. I always thought they’d be smaller. Perhaps the two we saw that evening are just very well fed.


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