Inspired by the Winter Games? We all are! While it's true that most of us will never stand on the podium with a gold medal around our neck, it IS possible to experience the athleticism of the Winter Games - at least a little bit.
Ski the quiet, snow-covered carriage trails and snowshoe on mountains blanketed in fluff. And revel in the priceless whole-place-to-myself feeling that comes to Acadia in winter.
Skate skiing looks so smooth! So fast! So graceful! And it is - once you know what you're doing. The learning process is decidedly less elegant. But practice and lesson (or two or five) can go a long way.
From snowshoe races and full moon hikes to amateur biathlons, ice climbing, and riding mattresses down a mountain, there's a lot to look forward to this winter.
Some say the full moon makes people go mad. But that big dome light of the night is brightest when it's full, which makes it really nice to hike under (or in the case of winter, ski or snowshoe under).
Winter Trails Day is national effort to encourage folks like us to get outside by offering free intro to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing lessons and rentals. And it's coming up on January 9.