I can’t say it enough: snow shoeing is so much fun! So as soon as we dug our way out of the driveway after the snowfall this week, Scott, Whiskey and I went snowshoeing in Lory State Park.
Lory State Park is the closest and most beautiful nature spot away from any streets to Fort Collins. It’s perfect for some easy snow shoeing since it features some trails that aren’t very steep – but with great views of the surrounding hills (or mountains in the mind of this flatland girl), like Arthur’s Rock. There are steeper trails as well, if you’d like more of a challenge and view down onto Horsetooth Reservoir. We took the South Valley Trail, which I think would also be perfect for a cross-skiing adventure, which I hope to finally try this winter.
Included in this video is a quick shot of our dog Whiskey catching snow. Please consider it a teaser for an upcoming video, maybe as a Christmas present to all you Whiskey Lovers. And her Christmas present should be a new winter coat. Looks like she’s finally outgrown hers… After all, we got ourselves the full thermal outfit. Makes you feel a bit like a yeti. But then I think that’s all part of the fun as you slowly stomp through the snow and go where no one else has disturbed the snowdrifts yet.
If you do take your dog on a snowy hike, please keep in mind that your dog is not wearing boots on top of snowshoes (the reason why your feet will stay warmer, since your boots don’t get submerged in snow as they would without snowshoes). Whiskey, like many dogs, can’t stand wearing dog boots. So we always bring a towel and stop every once in a while to warm up her feet, take out the clumps of snow between her toes and dry her fur.
And bring yourself a flask of whiskey to stay warm on the inside 😉 Of course only, if you have a designated driver.
I can’t wait to go snowshoeing in Lory State Park again soon – and next time make it all the way to one of the Horsetooth Reservoir coves…
For more snowshoeing fun, check out this video from 2 years ago: Snowshoeing With Whiskey Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 198)