Winter 2010

out in the snow!

Cross-Country Skiing, hiking, and snow tubing.

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Ali and Victoria After hibernating for the month of January, we were really eager to head back outdoors and have some fun in the snow! So on Feb 20th, a half dozen of us piled into the van and headed off for a day of Cross Country Skiing at Weston Ski Track in Weston, MA. The warm, sunny Saturday was perfect climate for us humans, and we were lucky that the newly fallen snow from a recent storm had not melted away yet. So we were treated to a great day of skiing.

At right, Ali and Victoria are cruising down the trail. Below, Rachel and Helen display their fine cross-country form!
Rachel Helen
Broad Meadow Brook The next day, seven of us headed across town to Worcester's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - one of our favorite local destinations - to explore the hiking trails on another nice, sunny Sunday afternoon. We headed across the Lady Slipper Trail (left) and stopped to chat with some ducks in the brook along the Troiano Tail, later ending up on the Sprague Trail (below).
Broad Meadow Brook Broad Meadow Brook
Group at Broad Meadow Brook At the end of our loop, Therese, Allyson, Jill, Greg, Karissa, Rachel and Andrew chill out at the swings before we head back home.
Therese and Jill Following two days of rain and slush, we kept our fingers crossed that conditions would improve in time for our planned snow tubing trip at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury on Saturday, Feb. 27th. We got lucky! It turned out to be a gorgeous evening, featuring lightly falling snow and plenty of packed powder on the tubing hill. At left, Therese and Jill are ready to take the plunge.
Snow Tubing Slide at Ski Ward Looking down the snow tubing slide, we faced our Olympic-sized challenge.
Snow tubing group Outing Club snow tubing team, awaiting our gold medal.
The snow provided an alluring backdrop for us the next day as we explored the hiking trails of Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Spencer. Kathryn, Rachael and Kirsten approach the top of the Kalmia Loop Trail (below) as Jill and Therese are lost in the landscape (right). Therese and Jill at Burncoat Pond
Kathryn, Rachael, and Kirsten
Fun in the snow Deep in the snow, there was a lot happening here. The back of the group warily kept their distance.
Andrew Andrew fearlessly leads us down the trail... or at least we thought it was the trail! Whoops!

Therese (below) was deliriously happy in all the snow, even though we had to stop once or twice to dig Jill (right) out of a snow drift.
Skipping across a stream At one point we had to skip across a swollen stream bed on a series of rocks, a task Kirsten and Greg complete with great poise and finesse.
Burncoat Pond cove The cove at Burncoat Pond, covered in snow.
Andrew and Greg At right, Andrew and Greg. Below, Kathryn and Brenna (left) and Kirsten and Allyson (right) enjoy the scenery.
Kathryn and Brenna Kirsten and Allyson
Burncoat Pond group Our whole Burncoat Pond expedition crew!

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