Monday, February 1, 2010
Dave and I went snowshoeing on a recent Saturday afternoon at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Owned by the von Trapp family (of The Sound of Music fame), the lodge has a world-class Nordic ski center with 100 km of terrain. Our goal was to trek three miles through the snow up to Slayton Pasture Cabin, which the von Trapps built in 1971 deep in the woods behind the main lodge.
After winding through a series of trails and working up quite a sweat, we finally climbed one final hill and saw the cabin in the distance. At the time it felt like a huge accomplishment, as if we were crossing a marathon finish line. But we were quickly humbled after a couple of 8-year-old kids zipped past us toward the cabin on their cross-country skis.
Still, reaching the cabin was a great reward. Maybe we didn't make record time, but the journey and the destination made it all worthwhile.