Cross Country Skiing at Cabin Creek
Pass) - 6 miles of Nordic
I forgot my camera.... Maybe, it was better not
to have a camera for this trip since it might have broken by now due to a
number of falls. Just one picture using my Cell Phone....
The Cabin Creek is part of the Hyak State
Sno-Park, WA. (elev about 2500 ft), about 5 miles south of the Sonoqualmie Pass. For the driving distances, it is
about 100 miles from Bremerton and 50 miles from
This trip was a Pensular Wilderness Club (PWC)
outing sponsored by Paul Dutky (PWC president). Six of us got together at the
destination: 3 of us drove and the other 3 took a ferry. I was thanksful to
catch a ride and cross country ski for the FIRST TIME in my life. Paul gave me a
quick lesson about snowplowing which was a V technique to slow down or stop. It
helped a lot. In general, Nordic Skiing was a lot harder than I anticipated.
Moving forward technique was similar to ice skating but a lot different and
harder due to its ski length. I took a few falls on a downhill but did not get
injured. With my below novice level, snow plowing would not work well on a
couple of hills without much snow. If the hill was too steep and appeared to be
dangerous, then I simply walked down to avoid unnecessary injury. Not sure
where it happened but, on the Ozbaldy loop, one lady appeared to break her
ankle. Luckily, she was hauled away by a snowmobile.
Paul, Barney, and Greg ski-skated about 12-14
miles. Bruce, Jacqi, and I did about 6 miles (Ozbaldy loop).
In overall, it was an excellent work-out in
winter wonderland environment. I wished I took some pictures. It was affordable
by sharing the expenses of car gas, bridge toll, and Sno-Park permit. I would
love to go back out for more Nordic skiing.