Snowshoeing The Sub-Sahara

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“We need the tonic of wildness… We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Snowshoes should be welded to the winter feet of Canadians. I’m an idiot because I’ve permitted the deep snows of this Canadian winter to seal me away, to stifle the tasting of nature’s natural gin. I’ve been rather depressed because I would normally have been working in the wilderness of Mali at this time, instead of being snowed in, and cooped up in Canada.
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We received 8.5 feet of snow in just twenty one days. For over a month now, all I’ve done was work on fishing gear in the workshop, design drip irrigation for Mali, shovel snow incessantly and dream of springtime while leaning over a shovel handle.

“The earth has music for those who listen.” – George Santayana

Nature, the forest, and all those beautiful remote places we usually hike through are all burried under a deep white blanket, inaccessible by foot. Or so I had come to believe.

Why has it taken me so many years to discover snowshoes, in Canada?
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My wife picked up a pair of snowshoes, and since I seriouly like tracking five foot four brunette bunnies in the woods, I got a pair too, though, honestly, very reluctantly.

The forest is open for business again… even in eight feet of snow, because the modern snowshoe is a technological marvel, light, and incredibly nimble. Unlike the wide old wooden ones, which worked, but left people struggling and bowlegged. I guess that I never saw the point in snowshoeing as I watched many people struggle with the things in my youth.

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I captured these images in the woods while suspended on deep snowbanks because of snowshoes (Check out my instagram feed also. TheInvisibleHumanitarian)

These puppies are going to rack up many more miles very quickly. Been out all weekend because getting out has been a tonic to my soul.

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” – William Shakespeare

Mr modern snowshoe, you saved my Canadian ass. I feel the cloud lifting from a closer proximity to nature again. I can make it until spring now, and the pain of not being in Mali, West Africa is subsiding.
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Now I am convinced that snowshoes are essential winter survival gear in Canada. If you buy new winter boots, snowshoes should also be attached at the store…. peroid.

No more winter hibernation.

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I’ve been released into the wild, on snowshoes.

I’ll be walking them all the way back to Mali this year, i guess, since I did propose welding them to our Canadian feet. šŸ˜‰

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