Monday, February 22, 2010

XC Skiing - Rockwood State Forest

More snow is expected (make that EAGERLY AWAITED) later this week, but today Holly and I made a return trip to Rockwood State Forest, where we knew there was already skiable snow. The main trails were hard-packed, but with temps in the upper 30s, even that snow was soft and almost mushy in spots. We explored some lesser-known (unmarked, unmaintained, and unmapped) trails and old roads along with the usual long loop we always cover, which resulted in some interesting climbs and downhills, often with small branches slapping at our faces. An hour and a half was enough today, what with the added climbs and the slower snow. There doesn't seem to be much of a local consensus about the expected storms over the next few days, but at this point, any new snow is welcome.

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