Thankfully a few inches of snow had fallen the previous evening. It was Saturday afternoon and just enough snow to get the gist of snowshoeing. That's park volunteer Charlie Augrom out front, our trail leader for the day.
Before donning snowshoes and hitting the trails, our group was given a brief and informative talk on the history and how-to of snowshoeing by Charlie and Judy Spring. That's Judy pictured above with an older-style Michigan snowshoe.
Here Judy displays a modified version of the Michigan snowshoe. Both styles were forerunners of todays lightweight models.
A modern snowshoe, lightweight and user-friendly.
Just prior to heading out, Charlie assembles the group.
A bit tentative at first, the group is off to a good start.
With each step confidence is gained. A broad smile is an early indicator of a good time.
A trail through the hardwoods.
George Squires, in the background, is a park volunteer and district manager for Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District. Here he gives an on-the-spot talk regarding the park's spruce forest.
While the rest of the group continues on through towering Norway spruce, George makes sure all trekkers are accounted for.
This pair certainly seem to be enjoying themselves.
The trail leads between snow-covered spruce boughs.
Evergreens on the left, hardwoods on the right -- we're in the home stretch...
The 90-minute hike proved to be exhilarating, invigorating and informative. In addition to the above mentioned people, I'd like to express our thanks to park volunteers Mary Jane Pearce and Peggy Grayson who accompanied our group.
Snowshoes can be rented at the Genesee County Park Interpretive Center and they can be reached 585-344-1122.