A dusting of a first snow last night with the wood stove devouring a load of maple keeping the farmhouse warm. Brought the cross country skis and snowshoes up from the cellar to keep in the garage until next spring. Looking forward to teaching my youngest grandson, Nolan, to cross country ski this year so he can accompany his brother and I for the first time. Without snowshoes, photography in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the winter in impossible. Many locations worth shooting regularly host three to five feet of snow, and even when it is compressed, you will sink in up to your waist or higher unless you are wearing snowshoes. I have found Northern Lites to work exceptionally well. They are fairly straight forward to get on and off, carry loads well, and are probably the lightest backcountry and race snowshoes made. Well worth the money if you enjoy winter trekking.
Leave people better than you found them.”
― Marvin J. Ashton