Trip Report: Snowshoe Winter Hike at Ellison Park

Event Date: February 18, 2024
Location: Ellison Park
Attendees: 20
Weather: Blustery, 28°F with snow


The Snowshoe Winter Hike at Ellison Park brought together 20 outdoor enthusiasts for an invigorating journey through a snowy landscape. Despite the cold, blustery weather and continuous snowfall, spirits were high as participants donned their snowshoes, ready to embrace the winter wonderland before them.

The event kicked off with a brief orientation, then the group then embarked on the planned route, traversing through Ellison Park’s Coyote Den Trail.

Highlights:

  • The picturesque scenery of Ellison Park under a fresh layer of snow provided a stunning backdrop for the hike.
  • The camaraderie among participants, helping each other through tougher sections of the trail.
  • The sense of achievement felt by all upon completing the hike, despite the challenging weather conditions.

The Snowshoe Winter Hike at Ellison Park was a memorable experience for all attendees. It not only provided an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months but also fostered a sense of community among participants. The event was a testament to the joy and adventure that can be found in embracing the cold and snowy season head-on.

Trip Report: Enchanted Evening at Highland Park

Date: February 2, 2024
Location: Highland Park

As dusk fell, our group of 17 embarked on a nocturnal adventure through the serene landscapes of Highland Park. The lack of snow turned our snowshoeing expedition into a night hike, proving once again that the heart of exploration beats not in the perfection of conditions but in the willingness to venture forth into the unknown.

Highland Park, known for its daytime beauty, transformed under the cloak of night into a realm of shadow and mystery, inviting us to tread softly into its hidden corners. Our path, illuminated only by the soft glow of our headlamps, wound through the park’s varied landscapes.

The mild night allowed us to traverse 2.31 miles in a little over an hour, perfect for soaking in the ambiance and engaging with fellow adventurers.

For those who missed this adventure, keep an eye on Survival of the Fitness for more events like this. Whether you’re an experienced outdoor enthusiast or someone looking to try something new, there’s a place for you here.

Until next time, keep adventuring.

Trip Report: Conquering Adirondack’s Wild Frontiers

Dates: October 27th to October 29, 2023

Duration: 2 days

Explorers: A fearless band of trailblazers

Day 1: Friday – Into the Wilderness

Our journey began on Friday, with the rustling of leaves under the tires as we departed from Rochester, New York, and ventured into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. The anticipation was palpable as we traversed winding roads, each turn leading us deeper into uncharted territory.

Arriving at the Adirondack Loj was like stepping into a different world. Surrounded by the serene beauty of Heart Lake, the loj provided the perfect basecamp for our adventure. The first order of business was setting up our campsite, a well-practiced ritual that, over time, had become a cherished part of our expeditions.

With campfires roaring and tents pitched, we gathered around the flames as dusk descended. The evening’s culinary adventure consisted of famous bowls prepared over the campfire. Each bowl was a hearty helping of mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, and chicken- delicious! As the aromatic concoctions simmered the pot, the campfire’s glow illuminated our laughter and camaraderie.

Day 2: Saturday – Rainy Summit and Brewery Delights

Dawn broke on our second day with the pitter-patter of raindrops on our tents. Unperturbed by the weather, we donned our waterproof gear and set out for the day’s main quest: climbing Mt. Jo. The cold rain added an element of challenge to our ascent, but we embraced the rugged spirit of the wilderness explorer.

The trail was slippery, and the forest shrouded in mist, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The persistent rain accompanied us every step of the way, but our determination remained unwavering. Our journey was less about the weather and more about the adventure, and we reveled in the sense of being intrepid explorers conquering the elements.

Upon reaching the summit, we were greeted not by the usual grand vistas but by a swirling mist that obscured the landscape. While the panoramic views were hidden, the sense of accomplishment was undeniable. We savored a brief moment on the summit, acknowledging the wild heart that drove us here.

After descending from Mt. Jo, we ventured to Lake Placid, where we visited the renowned Big Slide Brewery. The brewery’s warm, rustic interior provided the perfect refuge from the rain. Over delicious meals and locally crafted brews, we shared stories of our rain-soaked adventure and the indomitable spirit of exploration that had brought us together.

With satisfied appetites and hearts warmed by the brewery’s hospitality, we returned to our campsite, eager to continue our culinary exploits. Dinner that night consisted of field stew prepared in foil packets, a campfire tradition that blended convenience with the thrill of campfire cooking. Each packet held a medley of ingredients, seasoned to perfection, and cooked over the open flames. As we devoured our foil-packed feasts, we toasted to the spirit of adventure that united us.

Day 3: Sunday – Snow Flurries and Farewell

Our final day dawned with a surprise—a gentle snow flurry dusted the Adirondack landscape, adding a touch of winter magic to our departure. As we packed up our camp, we couldn’t help but reflect on the whirlwind of experiences that had filled the past two days.

The drive back to Rochester was accompanied by the soft patter of snowflakes on the windshield, a poetic farewell from the Adirondacks. Our spirits were high, and our hearts were filled with the memories of an adventure that had brought us closer together and reinforced our identity as explorers of the wild frontiers.

As the journey came to an end, we carried with us not only the tangible souvenirs of our escapade but also a deeper sense of connection to the untamed wilderness and the indomitable spirit of exploration. The Adirondacks had once again revealed its secrets to those willing to embrace its challenges, and we were grateful for the opportunity to call ourselves its intrepid adventurers.