Snowmobiling …… have you ever been? Also called snow machining or snow sledding, it is like an ATV for winter time!
And it is FUN!!!!
The first time I went snowmobiling was back when I was around 10 or 11 years old. A bunch of people had gone out to play in the snow and we had a snowmobile along. I don’t remember a lot from that trip but the next trip……WOW!
It was a few years ago. My first time to go snowmobiling as an adult. We went about 60 miles that day and I could hardly walk for the next two weeks!
Snowmobiling (especially 60 miles worth when you aren’t used to it) can be an exhausting time. In one way it is like riding a horse and instead of just sitting the entire time, you put most of your weight on your feet while you are in a squatting position. In that manner your body can move with the machine while going over rough areas and not be jostled around too much. You use your legs like shock absorbers.
The great thing about snowmobiling is that you see so much more country in the winter than you would ever see just snowshoeing or skiing – unless you camped out over several days (personally, I don’t think I would want to camp in the snow!). It was great to see what all that country looked like covered in snow and ice.
Now in order to go snowmobiling, you do need to be prepared. You need to dress appropriately, you need to know how to handle your machine, you need to know where you are going and you should probably go with someone more experienced if you are not. For myself, we had to go shopping! Some of the gear I used that day was borrowed but certain things like base layers and boots I bought. My friend had already done a lot of research on base layers, so I went with Smart Wool. IT DOES WORK!!! Smart Wool will keep you warm and dry. They have different thicknesses and they have everything from socks to gloves. Women’s, men’s, kid’s and baby’s products also.
Like I said earlier, you do need to be prepared before going snowmobiling. Here are a couple of links to Snowmobile Safety websites:
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
If you ever get a chance, you should try snowmobiling. It is a great winter adventure!
And don’t forget your camera!