09-11-2013, 03:13 PM
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I have the good fortune (or misfortune, depending on your point of view) to live in NH. While we apparently have Spring, Summer and Fall, if you blink, you might miss those seasons. The main season is winter.

While last winter was mild, I've heard dire predictions about what this winter is going to be like. Anyway, I like winter. Last winter, I was able to go out running a lot - over the snow and through the woods. I also bought myself my first pair of snowshoes and went out a few times. Unfortunately, the snow wasn't deep enough for more snowshoeing outings.

I'd have loved to have gone cross-country skiing and skating. I've never skied, and I've only skated a few times. Unfortunately, equipment for those sports is expensive, and rentals are never very good.

This year, the plan is for me to extend my activities to Nordic Skating and perhaps some skiing.

There's a great place near where I live that maintains a 4 mile skating trail (on a lake):

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The nearest cross-country skiing trails are a short walk away.

The plan is to buy some NNN boots, blades and bindings. That should allow me to buy the skis if I can get the money together. Fingers crossed that I can do all this in the coming season. Impulse buying during the season is expensive, so I want to spread out the purchases and have them ready for when I need them.

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That brings up an interesting (if embarrassing) story.

I didn't grow up in a place where I could go ice skating. I only started skating about a decade ago, and I've never had a chance to make it a regular thing. I'm usually pretty good on my feet, and I picked up some ice skating basics ---- enough to skate steadily and turn as required. Stopping is a bit of an adventure, but it's never stopped me from going out there and doing it anyway. Biggrin I quite like it, and would like to make it a more regular thing.

Anyway, about three years ago I lived in Boston and decided to go skating with my wife, daughter and a friend of my daughter's. So we headed out to Frog Pond on the Boston Common. The weather had been pretty warm about then, but the pond was still maintained for skating.

When we got on the ice we realized that my daughter's friend was the best of us all on skates, I was next best, my wife was sort of competent and my daughter was pretty bad (disappointing, given the money we'd spent in the past on training for her). The pond was crowded, as usual. The ice was in pretty bad shape, and as I skated around, I noticed that there was a spot that was worse than the rest. I alerted my family to it and avoided it when I was going around.

Anyway, after a few turns round the pond, I started getting my 'skating legs' under me and was gliding away blissfully..............

..........right up to the point where I looked up to find some guy standing over me asking, "Are you okay, man?" BlushBlush To this day, I cannot remember what exactly happened in the moments preceding my fall. I'd obviously had a concussion.

In typical male fashion, I said something like, "Yeah, I'm fine." and staggered off the ice, trying to figure out what had happened. I had fallen near the bad spot on the ice, and I can only imagine that I wasn't paying attention and hit it. As I said, there's a gap in my memory there.

Anyway, I got off the ice and stood at the pool-side waiting for my wife to come around. There was no sign of her. Then I saw her coming out of the dressing rooms. She'd apparently fallen at about the same time I did - on the other side of the ice. Her wrist was hurting her. I had lacerations on my face (and a bruise that developed into a lovely black eye the next day). A fine pair we made that day.

We collected the kids and headed out to a Dunkin Donuts to take stock and warm up a bit. By that time my wife realized that her wrist was not well at all. We left there (inadvertently leaving behind my daughter's friend's skates in the DD - never to be seen again), took the T and dropped my wife off at the hospital on the way home. I got dinner ready for the kids and sent them to bed. My wife returned from the ER much later to tell me that she was going to have to see a specialist (that resulted in a surgery down the line).

That was the last time anyone from my family skated.

Biggrin

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 09-11-2013, 07:01 PM
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That's a great story, and I would consider it fortunate that you live where you do. I went to law school in your neck of the woods and did many outdoor activities that I never would have done had it not been for my living there.

I wanted to soak up as much of my northeast experience before I returned to my beloved Texas which included playing hockey for my school's club team. At our annual awards dinner during my third year I was given the award of "most dedicated" which seemed to be a polite way of stating the obvious that despite my horrendous skating I continued to show up and play. I was later told the award was going to be "least likely to use his gear once he graduates" but that was far too wordy.

So, the moral is I get it when someone says that they're athletic but not much on skates.

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 09-11-2013, 07:53 PM
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What a story, Yohann!
I grew up skating, but never really took to it as I realized early on that the ice is very, very hard and the blades are very sharp. I have seen too many accidents when folks are skating to keep me on natural surfaces! My butt and wrists really thank me for that! Biggrin

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 09-11-2013, 08:16 PM
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Wow, what a story, Yohann!

Skating is not easy ... I'm an avid skier, both downhill and cross-country, and can comfortably navigate 'black diamond' level slopes. That being said, I can't skate for the life of me! This is especially embarrassing, given the fact that I grew up in Ottawa, Canada's capital, and home of the longest outdoor skating venue in the world ... the Rideau Canal ... 7.8km of skating surface in the winter! Despite my best efforts growing up, I could never skate gracefully ...

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 09-11-2013, 08:40 PM
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(09-11-2013, 08:16 PM)Agravic Wrote: Wow, what a story, Yohann!

Skating is not easy ... I'm an avid skier, both downhill and cross-country, and can comfortably navigate 'black diamond' level slopes. That being said, I can't skate for the life of me! This is especially embarrassing, given the fact that I grew up in Ottawa, Canada's capital, and home of the longest outdoor skating venue in the world ... the Rideau Canal ... 7.8km of skating surface in the winter! Despite my best efforts growing up, I could never skate gracefully ...

* Wow, Ravi! That is a shame as the Canal is incredibly beautiful during the winter! Smile

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 09-12-2013, 05:22 AM
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Enjoy! I grew up on skiing and on skates in Colorado and North Dakota. I raced (skiing) through Junior High and High School and had been accepted for the team at the University of Colorado, but a head injury in a car accident derailed that. I went to grade school in North Dakota where we skated at recess. They would turn the playground into an ice rink with a warming house in the winter.

Have fun!!

Bob

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 09-12-2013, 08:07 AM
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Ice is for making your drink cold. I live in what's referred to as the frozen tundra. I hate winter with a passion but the other three seasons keep me here.

My winter sport/exercise activity is cutting, stacking, and loading firewood into the fireplace.

And for those of you that have never experienced it, shoveling snow is more work than shoveling dirt.

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 09-14-2013, 02:54 AM
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Johnny,

I've spent many hours of my life shoveling snow. I don't mind the dry stuff, even if there's a lot of it. It's the wet snow that's the problem. Unlike the house in Mystic (which had a 100+ yard driveway), we only have a short driveway here, so that's nice.

We've never had a real fireplace, so I've not had to do much wood chopping. We do have a brazier this year, so there's some wood stocking needed.

We do have a pellet stove, though. Love the heat, though it's not as authentic as a fireplace.

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 09-14-2013, 08:01 AM
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I grew up in New Hampshire in the middle of the White Mountains. Where hockey was a family affair and winter was about 10 months long. My Dad would make snowshoes so we could all go Ice Fishing and I remember my first pair of Bear Paws as he called them so many years ago.
As I grew older I invested in my own pair of snowshoes as skiing and hockey were too expensive. I also picked up my first .22 rifle and I would hunt rabbits on these snowshoes. I called it hunting snowshoes on snowshoes.

I truly miss the Whites and can't wait to move back!

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 09-15-2013, 12:40 PM
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AKASL --

I am getting my fishing license this year, and will go ice fishing with a couple of guys from work. They're pretty experienced, but I know nothing about fishing. Luckily, they have offered to clean the fish for me......assuming I catch anything.

There is a nice fishing pond only a couple of miles from where I live that they go to sometimes. It's stocked, I think. It will be nice to eat something I caught.

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 09-20-2013, 02:37 PM
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Well, I went ahead and bought the boots and blades. Here they are:

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Now it's just a matter of waiting for the freeze.

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 09-20-2013, 02:43 PM
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Congratulations, Yohann! Boy, those look sweet and much fancier than anything I ever had as a kid! Biggrin

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 09-20-2013, 02:55 PM
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(09-20-2013, 02:37 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: Well, I went ahead and bought the boots and blades. Here they are:

[Image: temporary-167.jpg]

Now it's just a matter of waiting for the freeze.

They look great.
We have a pond in our yard that we skate on occassionally.
I don't know where you are in NH but lake Morey in Fairlee VT maintains a skate trail.
Though 4 miles sounds familiar so maybe that is what you were talking about.

I am a fan of snowshoeing. Good exercise. Wears the dogs out something fierce.

Phil

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 09-20-2013, 03:15 PM
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(09-20-2013, 02:55 PM)PhilNH5 Wrote:
(09-20-2013, 02:37 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: Well, I went ahead and bought the boots and blades. Here they are:

[Image: temporary-167.jpg]

Now it's just a matter of waiting for the freeze.

They look great.
We have a pond in our yard that we skate on occassionally.
I don't know where you are in NH but lake Morey in Fairlee VT maintains a skate trail.
Though 4 miles sounds familiar so maybe that is what you were talking about.

I am a fan of snowshoeing. Good exercise. Wears the dogs out something fierce.

Phil
Bet it wouldn't be enough to wear out the pussycat. It would be smart enough to sit on yohann's shoulder during this exercise in tortureLaughing1 (Can you tell I'm a Brooklyn boy born and reared and simply took subways wherever I needed to go? Exercise? What exercise? Winky)

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 09-21-2013, 04:22 AM
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Looking good!!!

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 09-21-2013, 04:53 AM
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Unfortunately, the wait may be too much for me. I may just have to go out and get roller-skis, so I can break a leg earlier in the year. Biggrin

Did I mention that I find it hard to sit in one place for very long? (unless I have a good book in hand, that is)

Maybe finding a good book would be cheaper.

Phil,

Yep, snowshoeing is amazing exercise. I've only been out a few times (as the weather last year did not provide enough snow through most of the season), but it was pretty strenuous. I have to go over a few of the hills here, and that didn't help.

My dog is old, and probably won't enjoy hiking through the snow much, but we'll see.

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 09-29-2013, 11:02 AM
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Got myself a pair of in-line skates at the thrift store yesterday. I didn't want to buy them new, as they're not that useful here (because of all the hills).

Went for my first skating trip (on wheels) in almost a decade. Wow! I've really lost my skill set. However, it got better as I kept at it. I still wasn't going to tackle any real downhill slopes, because my stopping technique needs work. Blush

Still, it wasn't so bad. I also realized that my muscles need to build up for skating. That was the point of buying the skates anyway - to get ready for the ice skating season. It was fun, after I got a little more proficient at it. I'll take the time and build up the skill-set. We'll see how it goes.

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 09-30-2013, 04:29 AM
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Good for you! The snow and ice will come...........

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 10-22-2013, 02:38 AM
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It's good to see that I'm making steady progress on my in-line skates. I've never actually practiced regularly with them in the past, so my skill level was very low.

Since I bought them, I've been using them more than I ever did in my younger years. The time on the skates is beginning to show. I still don't zip around like a pro, but I find myself gliding along more smoothly, and I can now stop on slight downhills (which I couldn't do in the past). Now it's a matter of building up consistency, and a few more skills (backward skating, hockey stopping).

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As an aside: I made a boo-boo. Blush

I bought a pair of new cross-country skis from a friend at work. She was leaving to head out on a round-the-world-trip, so she had to unload a lot of stuff. It wasn't a screaming deal, but I knew I was helping out. Also, her skis had NNN bindings, which is what I have on my boots.

That's what I thought anyway. I have NNN-BC bindings on my boots, and so the bar doesn't fit on the bindings. This means I still have to buy and place NNN-BC bindings on my skis.

Back to the drawing board.

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