Monday, November 29, 2010

Cross Country

I tried Nordic, or cross-country, skiing for the first time today.
It mostly made me feel like I was trying to run on ice.
Fun but exhausting, it's definitely a full-body deal.
The best part was being out in the mountain forest,
with feet of brilliant white fresh powder,
towering trees decorated with frost,
quiet solitude and tranquility.
Of course it's fun to fly down the mountain downhill,
but on these skis I felt like I had the time to really appreciate it.

Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Photo by John Stassen