Just ten days until our 2-week Boreal Snowshoe Expedition. We’ll be taking to the woods of Aroostook County, Maine and traveling by snowshoe and hauling our gear on toboggans along the frozen waterways. Home will be several woodstove-outfitted canvas tents.
This year we’ll be joined for a few days by guest instructor and my old friend Jeff Butler of NWS Adventure Guide Service out of New Brunswick. He’ll be bringing a bunch of sled dogs, and the participants of the expedition will get a crash course in mushing. Jeff and I have had a lot of fun over the years in various wilderness environments, and it will be great to share the trail with him again.
Our final route for the trip is not yet set in stone. Like most of the east, there has been some unseasonable weather in Aroostook County this year, and we’ll probably wait until the day before the trip to lock in the route. We’ve got our fingers crossed for continued cold and some more snow.
There’s still lots to do to get ready. I’ve got to finalize the menu, pack all the food, prep all the gear, wax and check the lines on the toboggans, pack group and personal gear, and more. But when we’re out in the cold, with the cares of town just a distant memory as we snowshoe across remote lakes and settle into the smooth routines of winter in the north, it will all be worth it.