Gerry Roach has taken the art of storytelling to a whole new level. To borrow the theme from his book "Transcendent Summits", it took me to a place in mind I had yet to visit.
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado were getting peppered with snow for a few days. So, when the morning of the "Swift Skeddadle" snowshoe race at the Frisco Nordic Center dawned to bright blue skies, I knew it was going to be a good day.
Saturday Feb. 12 marked the third race of the season in the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series. Truly, this race took the words adventure and snowshoeing to a whole new level.
Growing up in a suburb outside of Chicago, you learned that bitter-cold weather was inevitable and layering became your best friend.
No I'm not clearing my throat, but rather sitting my slightly weary body down in the chair to pen this article. I'm an elderly man, you see, with an arthritis-riddled body caused by years of voracious activity.
Listen closely and you can almost hear the sound of gently falling snow; or perhaps the humming of computers has begun to toy with our minds. Either way, the much anticipated winter season is just around the corner and with it comes the mind-boggling question of where to go snowshoeing.
Ignore the signs of summer that desperately try to pull us from our nine-to-five, barely-get-to-see-the-sunshine, desk jobs. It's time to focus. Before we know it, summer will bid its final farewell and the season of snow-laden lawns will be here again.
Imagine walking down the street and two people approach you; the first one hands you a flier and says, in a monotone voice, that she is raising money for breast cancer and needs your help. A worthy cause, yes, but a worthy attempt at obtaining your support, probably not.
As it happens ever year around this time, the days become longer and the temperatures slowly start to rise. While the bright colors of spring and warm days of summer are favored by many, it is those that crave the brisk chill of winter and its inevitable companion, "snow," who sadden with the oncoming spring.