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For Oregon dads – Crater Lake snowshoe trek

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 04-01-2009

Here’s a fun dadventure for those in or close to Oregon. This is a newspaper recount of an expedition made by Jennifer Margulis and her husband, GreatDad contributor, James di Properzio.

If you’ve never been snowshoeing, you probably imagine you’ll crunch effortlessly atop acres of snow in your tennis-racket-like snowshoes, just like Yukon Cornelius, the blustery prospector who subdues the Abominable Snow Monster in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
But when my husband and I took our three children to Crater Lake on a squally Saturday in December, we grown-ups sank into the snow, flipping the powdery stuff into the faces of those who walked behind us.

The kids, on the other hand, had an easier time of it. They practically ran on top of the fresh snow. All three leapt up after falling, threw themselves down to make snow angels and buried themselves as if the snow were sand at the beach (brrr).

All of which helps explain why the free ranger-led snowshoe walks at Crater Lake are a perfect winter family activity.

The walks last 90 minutes and are different each time. We started ours near the Crater Lake Lodge.

[From A fabulous Crater Lake snowshoe trek – Outdoors – Oregonlive.com]