Wisconsin has seen its share of snow this year, with cities surpassing their previous snowfall records. The latest front that pushed through the state created extreme blizzard conditions, which resulted in low visibility, wind gusts up to 50 mph, and snowfall totals of 12+ inches. Eau Claire, Wisconsin breaks the 1936 record of 28.2 inches with a new total of 33.7 inches and counting, as of Sunday, February 24, 2019. Some surrounding cities have experienced even more snowfall this year. This much powder makes it difficult to partake in some of the Wisconsin Winter hobbies. Additionally, all this snow makes cabin fever real. However, there are ways to break through cabin fever and still enjoy the outdoors!
Today, let’s go back to basics and talk about snowshoeing and why it can help you overcome cabin fever. Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years. In order to survive, people needed a way to trek through the snow for trapping and hunting. The snowshoe has come a long way and is now mostly used for recreation. However, many trappers still use snowshoes to this day.
If you don’t own a pair of snowshoes, do not worry! Many cities and towns have a place to rent them. Additionally, you can find local trails by simply cruising the internet for locations. Fall Creek, Wisconsin is home of Beaver Creek Reserve (BCR.) BCR was founded in 1947 and focused on creating educational opportunities for youth. Now, it is home of 400 acres filled with diverse habitats, woods, wetlands, and trails that are open for all ages. Equipment is available for rent as long as the season(s) and weather conditions permit. Anyone that lives near Fall Creek, WI and wants to try out snowshoeing can visit the BCR website to read about their rentals and view trail maps. BCR held a "Make Your Own Snowshoes" event early in January. If building and crafting is your thing, be on the look for next year's event! The reserve held snowshoe events throughout January and February, which is also something to keep in mind for next year. To stay up to date on BCR events, click here to view the events calendar.
According to the Eau Claire County website, other trail locations include, "Lowes Creek Park and Tower Ridge Recreation Area." The trails here are neighboring to the cross-county ski trails. Additionally, Guettinger Woods and Wildlife is another public snowshoe area, which is 7 miles South of Eau Claire.
Yesterday afternoon we walked around the yard and down to the creek, with the pups by our side. Trekking through 3+ feet of snow and battling intense wind gusts was difficult and exhausting, but one-hundred percent worth it! There is something special about being outdoors with the ones you love and enjoying the nature that is around you. Watching the dogs hop and play in the deep snow was fun to see! It is easy to say that everyone enjoyed themselves this afternoon. We ended to day the “Wisconsin way” by having a drink before heading back indoors. It isn’t too often that you get to enjoy a beverage while sitting in a "snow chair" with your dog by your side.
If you own your own pair of snowshoes, what are you waiting for? Fresh air does the soul so much good! Besides exercising your body, fresh air gives you a boost of energy, fuels your brain, can improve your mood/overall happiness, and the list goes on! So, grab your snowshoes (or rent/buy a pair) and get outdoors! You are your only limitation to having fun and giving your body a reset from the cabin fever feels.
Yesterday was a lazy, snowy Sunday that turned into a fun afternoon outdoors. There is always something to do outside and cabin fever can be easily broken. Break through the slump by finding a positive attitude and getting off the couch. A simple google search can provide outdoor activities and opportunities in your area. So, what are you waiting for? Get up and have fun...the outdoors is waiting for you.
Until next time...enJOY the outdoors!