Snails on Skis – Eastern Trail, Biddeford, ME

Earl bought a pair of cross-country skis recently and we’ve been anxious to get out and use them.

On Tuesday evening we did a 2-mile tourĀ on the Eastern Trail, located behind the Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. This is my favorite running trail in the warmer months.

It was a full moon on Tuesday night which made it especially lovely. We did have our headlamps, but only needed them when we were putting our skis on or popping the releases to remove them.

I was a bit uncomfortable skiing on Tuesday evening. I don’t know if it was because it was dark or if it was because the trail was ungroomed and a bit rough.

Today was different. It was snowing! The trail had 4-5″ of new fluffy snow on it. I loved it!

We skied out about 1.75 miles and then turned around. Earl was feeling a bit of rubbing on his heel. We stopped at one of the benches along the trail and he discovered he was getting a blister. Ouch!

We met only one other person on the trail, a woman, who was as happy as we were to be out playing in the snow.

For those of you who live in the colder regions of the country, please find a way to get outside during the colder, snowier months. I’m a relative newbie to enjoying the long winter months here in Maine, but I am so grateful that I finally did.

If you enjoy walking, invest in a pair of snowshoes or crampons so you can continue walking in the snow/cold. If you enjoy running, invest in crampons or skis and keep up your faster pace. There are a lot of outdoor winter activities. One of them is waiting for you to discover it!

Happy trails!

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