It took me maturing to learn to appreciate cross country skiing.
There is so much to love about the pace and freedom of cross country skiing. The gear enables you to go on any snow adventure without fear. The meadows that the snow buried become accessible.
The older I grow, the more I realize that my passion for wilderness was never about extremity, danger or adrenaline - it is about freedom. It is about removing the over stimulation to allow thoughts to flow creatively.
We discovered cross country skiing because our dogs love it. There are very few activities that can wear out our pack. Prancing for miles through deep powder is our favorite way. Everyone wins.
The dogs get miles, Sam and I get to be together and our creative juices are allowed to flow.