Perhaps it is my being of the male half of this rase but I like my toys. If i am going to spend overly long periods of time away from the creature comforts of home to bring in some cash I must make sure that I reward myself at the end of the day. So to do that I get myself toys. The bulk of the money I have spent on toys has ended up in my out door recreation gear. The first to arrive and the least toyish of the lot was the mountain bike which got me around for a good chunk of my university days. It was several years before I round off the trifecta with gear for different seasons and mediums. Moving from land only to water in two of its three states on this planet. Lacking a hot air balloon I can not fly into the clouds and enjoy water in its other phase. So as of a week ago monday I completed this trifecta with the addition of a new set of crosscountry skis to my toy chest.
The snow is still thin around the house so I have had to go off to Summit lake east of Nakusp to use them. The old railway line where I have often biked proved to be a good trail. The flat railway grade is good considering the bad shape I am in. Hills would kill me. I did my best to off my self yesterday by skiing the length of the lake and back a trip that came close to 9km. It was a good thing that other people had passed over that trail compacting it allowing for me to have a nice fast glide.`