Snowshoeing - Raccoon River Valley Trail

No, I haven't bought a fat bike yet.  There's plenty of other ways to enjoy a snowy bike trail and on this sunny winter morning, my snowshoes fit the bill.

Like biking, I have my unique style to snowshoeing and it closely resembles me on my bike.  Walk a bit.  Stop.  Take a picture.  Walk a bit.  Stop.  Watch some sort of wildlife.  Walk a bit.  Stop. The only thing missing was a snack and beverage.  Undoubtedly both will make appearances before winters end.

If you come snowshoeing with me (you're more than invited by the way) just prepare for it to be more of a traipse or any of it's synonyms.  Trudge, tramp, tromp, plod, they all work.  But who is going to take up an invitation to go plodding?  Snowshoeing it is!

Making my own set of tracks I enjoyed a crisp morning out on the Waukee to Dallas Center segment.  I was the first down the trail on snowshoes, but others had arrived earlier.  Deer, birds, rabbits, a fat bike, folks on foot, and snowmobiles.

I'm not sure how I feel about snowmobiles.  There are times were I feel their presence "ruins" things.  The smell, the noise, the litter, the rutted tracks are all irritants.  The Raccoon River Valley is a shared use trail, so share it I will....if I have to....I guess.  

There were some thin spots along the trail where snow skimmed the surface.  Snowmobiles had taken a detour  into a farm field.  I used the shoulder. 

Snowshoeing  a bike trail provides it's own vantage point.  I had time to admire the artistic touch wind gave the snow, sets of unidentified footprints, and a raptor spying on me from overhead. Observances I could only have made on foot.  

If you're like me and don't own a fat bike, or use winter as a bike break , give snowshoeing a try.  It's a fun way to spend time out on the bike trails and see things from a different perspective.  

Snowshoe rental is available around central Iowa at:

Active Endeavours

Jax Mercantile

Polk County Conservation Offices

Rasmussen Bike Shop