Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IN THE CITY

Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis' Pike Township offers great trails

WOODED GRANDEUR IN MARION COUNTY. This afternoon, I drove all of half a mile to get into Eagle Creek Park. I strapped on my cross-country skis, hit the trails, and glided through the serene woods. The snow glistened in the sunshine. Trails along the reservoir provided great vistas. I encountered about 20 other skiers this afternoon, including my next-door neighbors Jamie and Sarah (in photo). I also passed several deer and came upon a few raccoon. The deer just stared at me, as if to say: "Dude, that looks so awkward." Yeah, well, you have four legs!

HEAD TO THE PARK WHILE IT LASTS. The 12 inches of snow looks like it's going to be around a while, so Eagle Creek Park could be fun while it lasts. The roads in the park are already clear enough for running and mountian biking (on the roads only; bikes are prohibited on the park trails). One neighbor had ridden his mountain bike through the park and told me it was perfect.
TRY XC SKIING. Cross-country Skis, poles and boots can be rented at the Marina. If you haven't cross-country skied, it's worth a try. It's like a vigorous hike. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it. The beauty of the woods in the snow is worth the effort. Or, you could just hike the trails. The outdoors await.

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