New Jersey has been on the receiving end of quite a few snowstorms so far this winter. Scout and I have definitely been trying to take advantage of all of the white stuff that has been covering the ground for most of February and have been doing some cross-country skiing. I was particularly excited to be able to cross-country ski as it makes for great exercise and I was really getting bored with running/walking on a treadmill and using an elliptical 5-6 days a week. Besides, I like being outdoors as much as possible and we have so many great parks in the area that I have been neglecting since the cold weather moved in.
Last Friday we received about 15 inches of snow and on the following Sunday, Scout and I went to Tatum Park in Middeltown, NJ to ski. Scout had never been cross-country skiing before so it was quite the adventure! Now, I have to admit that cross-country skiing is definitely not an easy thing to do on your first or even second try. It is just not natural to have two long slippery planks attached to your feet. But I also have to admit that it was fun to watch Scout do his fair share of falling while trying to learn how to stay on his feet that sunny Sunday.
This photo looks like it may have been taken pre-first-fall, no snow on those pants!
This is a dirt road, that is clearly covered in snow. The road runs from the main house (now activity center) at Tatum Park straight into the woods. This has got to be one of my favorite sections of Tatum Park no matter what time of year it is! In the spring this section is lined with beautiful, little, purple flowers ( I will post picks when they begin to peak out from the soil). Anyhow, this road made for a great cross-country skiing trail since many other skiers had already gone through, packing down the snow, plus it is also a relatively flat trail, just what you want for cross-country skiing.
I absolutely love trees and am always looking for interesting ones. The tree next to Scout in this photo is one of my all-time favorites! Can you see the face? It is just so eerie looking!
So there you have it, cross-country skiing in New Jersey. This was Scout’s first time and my first time in a few years, we really had a blast! Can’t wait to do it again!