We planned our cross country snowshoe day on 'free winter access day,' so the kids wouldn't have to pay for anything except renting the snowshoes. I was watching the weather closely, and it looked like the cold spell was going to be gone by the time we went. We woke up to negative temperatures that morning, and I was so disappointed! We postponed the trip for an hour, so it would have time to warm up. The weather showed that it would be in the single digits by the time we started, which is doable. When we were 15 minutes from Harriman Park, I checked the weather again, and it had dropped significantly. We talked to the rangers, and they said as long as everyone had good gear, we were good to go. When we started, the temperature was -20 degrees! The crazy thing is, there were tons of people out skiing and snowshoeing in it! I thought for sure we'd be the only crazy ones out there. The other crazy thing is, we actually got hot! Before we even made it to the first warming hut, we were unzipping jackets! 18 of us went 5 miles in very, very frigid weather, and we had a great time! These kids are tough!
|Getting started in -20 degrees!|
|Our hair and eyelashes were covered in frost within the first 5 minutes! Holly looked like an ice princess!|
|Mark was looking a little frozen!|
|Bailey and Mason|
|We stopped at a warming hut to have lunch. Inside the hut with the fire going, was only 5 degrees! Most of the kids just stayed outside to eat.|
|Holly and Bailey|
|A few snow angels! Mason, Bailey, Holly, and Dylan.|
|Harriman Park is so pretty in the winter.|
|We survived! Grace, Hannah, Rachel, Justin, Hannah, Dylan, Ezri, Mason, Gilian, Coen, Mark, Eric, Natalie, Heather, Porter, Tricia, Holly, and Bailey.|
|Bailey's Gatorade was frozen!|
|The waters that were in our packs were frozen. We had to wait for them to thaw out in the car on the way home before we could drink them. Crazy stuff!|
These kids are so fun, and I'm sad I only have one more year of this before Bailey is off to college. Hopefully next year will be a touch warmer!