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COMING CLEAN: A Snowy Exploration

A weekend warm-up = outdoor adventures!

We’re in the midst of a temp warm-up here in the Twin Cities, and even though we reached 30 degrees, it felt practically tropical after the Polar Vortex. So what to do?

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There are plenty of outdoor winter sports for Minnesotans, and lots of places to rent or take lessons if you are new to a sport. I’m a fan of snowshoeing for it’s ease and accessibility (and because I haven’t been ready yet to face my fear of falling when it comes to downhill ski or snowboarding — even the slight hills one faces on cross-country skiing scare me). Happily, I discovered a nature center just 15 minutes from my home, with trails, a “discovery center,” and rental shop for skiis and snowshoes.

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My friend Janelle and I took to the trails — then when a bit off the path, always fun to do when snowshoeing. At one point, we worried that our open field was a pond or lake, and we had direct instructions not to go on water because the lakes were spring-fed and may be unsafe. (Janelle was much better at directions, the world traveler that she is, but I was happy to see that the center also offered orienteering classes.)

We passed a few cross-country skiers, and everyone seemed in a particularly good mood. A warm-up will do that.

See you on (or off) the trails.

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