So while for now I've drawn the line at hiking overnight in snow, we've found a happy medium that we both enoy: snowshoeing! It is simple--not too much equipment is required. It's a great workout, and nothing quite rivals the beauty of snow falling silently as you make your new path through the great white. Last winter as our 'honeymoon' we spent a few days in Leavenworth and spent most of them hiking on old forest service roads connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail. Ok, so maybe we never actually made it the entire 6 miles or so to the PCT =) but we did enjoy the trail and had some fun playing in the snow.(above pic is Mt. Rainier last March 2005)
Last Saturday we had ourselves a little shopping spree...Andrew got a pair of snowshoes last year in preparation for his crazy overnight hiking in the snow gig, and this year it was my turn. (for snowshoes, not crazy overnight hiking in snow) He suggested the "SnowPaws" for me that you see above but in the end I settled for something a little more sensible. I also got my first real gore-tex mittens...expensive but oh-so-warm & toasty!
We even looked at dog booties, which is probably a little overboard. Now how long do you think those things might actually stay on? Especially once the dog realizes those odd guffawing noises are its owners uncontrollably laughing at the oddity of their dog wearing booties? We got a good tip from a sensible salesperson: paw wax for those webbed doggie feet to prevent icy bits of snow from clumping inbetween Sophie's toes. We're eagerly awaiting Sophie's snow debut and the endless amount of amusement this is sure to provide.