“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, and the curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh
All winter we have the chance to walk on water, frozen water that is. Snowshoeing allows us to walk into the magic of winter, discovering the quiet sounds and subtle colors that await our discovery, often right outside our backdoor. Snowshoeing in Michigan is available to anyone who can walk; basically we can all discover the miracle of winter and walking on water.
The event Snowshoe d’ Art offers us that opportunity. Spend a morning discovering the beauty of northern Michigan and the hidden beauty of the Michigan Legacy Art Park on Saturday, January 31st. The art park offers a snow-covered gallery of sculptures, a visual hide and seek of shapes and colors. All ages can begin their Saturday morning with a choice of guided tours, sharing it with friends or enjoying it alone.
Besides the spiritual side of snowshoeing, there is the obvious physical benefit of getting outside and discovering the winter landscape.
Snowshoeing is a weigh baring activity that all ages can participate in. It offers an aerobic workout that builds muscular strength in both the legs and upper body (when poles are used). Snowshoeing offers a low impact activity that is easy on joints especially in deep powder and the design of snowshoes act as shock absorbers on hard packed snow.
High caloric expenditure is another perk- allowing us to drink more hot cocoa and enjoy the comfort foods of the winter season!
There is no excuse to feel good, and connect with your inner spirit and strengthen your physical body!
Women’s Winter Tour Weekend – January 31 – February 1, 2009
You can register for Saturday’s Snowshoe d’Art at womenswintertour.com. It’s just one of many events the Women’s Winter Tour Weekend at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville offers. The weekend benefits Active Women Now, an organization dedicated to supporting domestic abuse charities and shelters. Check the schedule for complete details, and definitely think about Saturday night’s LUNAFEST and Chocolate, where you can learn about the nuances of African & South American chocolate while watching the short films in the LUNAFEST national traveling film festival. It’s followed by dancing in your best sixties costume with music from the Fabulous Horndogs. On Sunday there’s the original WWT, a cross-country ski or snowshoe through scenic, private courses with great food, wine and chocolate featured along the trail and at the main staging area!
About the Author
Kaye Krapohl is the founder of the Women’s Winter Tour, and believes that art, as well as outdoor activity is a vital part of a person’s development. An artist herself, she envisioned the Snowshoe d’Art as a way to help share her love of winter, but also support two causes near and dear to her heart: resources for women struggling to escape an unhealthy relationship by donating funds to domestic abuse centers and an appreciation for art.