One of the “free” activities I enjoy is x-country skiing.  Maddie, on the other hand, doesn’t care for it.  I’ll let her explain her thoughts towards the end of this post.

We are lucky to have a 1-mile “trail” right off our driveway.  This is an old abandoned town road that winds its way through the woods.  Our neighbor is kind enough to pack the trail with his snowmobile to smooth the way for our skiing.  What a guy!!!  This past weekend the trail was in stellar condition for a ski so I convinced the entire family that we should go.  Mind you, the entire ski takes a whopping 40 minutes, max, so it’s not grueling.  We had a blast!  Not too cold, but not warm enough to stick and the hill was fast!  That’s Maddie’s favorite part and she was all smiles at the end.  Here’s a picture of us after the ski.

  That’s Colden in the background with my mitten!  Now that he’s 7, we don’t take him on “long” walks anymore and he’s never happy about that.  He does get his daily activity, just not as stressful as when he was young.

Maddie:  I personally very deeply dislike cross-country skiing. It doesn’t really do anything for me. I don’t like the fact that your heels come up while you’re skiing. I love downhill skiing so doing this seems wrong to me. Cross-country skiing is also pretty boring. You don’t get that really awesome feeling when you go down a big mountain like you do while downhill skiing. The only reason I go is because my mom makes me! So that’s why I don’t like it at all.

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