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Snowshoeing at Seymour

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     I haven’t gone snowshoeing in ages.  It’s something we used to do growing up for a couple elementary school field trips.   I decided that it would be something different and fun to try something new.  I’m personally more of a fan of snowboarding or something more in the downhill option but snowshoeing is a lot of fun, and a cheap activity to do in the winter. 
     Seymour has many well-groomed paths which are reasonably priced or you can do into the free paths along the far side.  I went with one of my groupon’s for snowshoes and the paths for $12 with my sister. We had a great time walking through the snow. It’s really just hiking in the snow. So if you like to walk, and like to see the beautiful scenery which we have so much of in BC you should try it. There’s actually many hills you will continue to go up and down, so take some water. 
     What to wear? You won’t really need snow pants, comfy pants will do. Shoes are best something waterproof or you can wear running shoes and bring plastic bags to protect them from getting wet and staying wet. A light wind breaker or snow jacket  is great. Layers is really key, as you can then feel comfortable in any options depending on the sun or snow in the air.   When to go? Personally I love it when there’s a bit of sun outside, but snow is also a nice time, or light rain as long as you have something waterproof.
     So if you haven’t gone snowshoeing in a while, why not do something different, not as strenuous and adventurous.

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Written by gloriastarr

April 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

Adventures of windsurfing

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Are there any new adventure sports out there? Sometimes I wonder if there are not any more options for new sports to try. I’ve gone surfing, wakeboarding, parasailing, white water rafting & kayaking, hiking, ziplining, snowboarding and cliff jumping. I’m always looking for some new sports to try, when I came across the groupon for windsurfing with windsure.

Windsurfing combines elements of sailing and surfboarding. I’ve tried surfing before and enjoyed it and I’ve been in a sailboat at least but definitely need to go again in the recent future. When my friend told me about a windsurfing deal for $15 I figured that was a great opportunity. The group classes normally $52 for 2 hour introductory lessons. The lesson brings you through dry land simulations, teaching theory and giving plenty of time for on the water training.

I was nervous as it was my first time and the class was initially canceled due to too much wind for beginners. But there’s really only a few things to know. Stand in the middle of the board, knees bent, to keep your balance and grab the rope to make a T position. After you are straight enough, take your front hand and place it at the back of the sail in a chicken arm and then bring it 80 degrees and drop the remaining hand. It’s good to glide across the wind such as at the 3 or 9 position of a clock facing the wind. To turn around, let go of the sail, hold on the rope to the T position, bring the sail around the back of the boat and pivot until you are 180 degrees. It’s that simple and then you’re windsurfing!

I expected to fall down a lot of not be able to pick up the sail and just get exhausted. Yet it was awesome, lots of fun with simple instructions. I highly recommend it. If you know of any other interesting sports to try, let me know.