Urban Explorations: First snowshoe of the season at Piscataquog River Park

Janelle and Meena motor down through the new snow in Piscataquog River Park.

Janelle and Meena motor through the new snow in Piscataquog River Park.

The pull of fresh, unspoiled snow was too strong to resist Sunday so Janelle, Meena and myself headed out to Piscataquog River Park for our first snowshoe of the season, and Janelle’s first snowshoe ever! The half-foot of fluffy stuff was perfect and Janelle took to the different type of hiking fairly easily. We practiced turning and hill climbs, with only a minimal amount of falling face down in the snow. Here’s a little photo essay of our hike. If you’d like to see more pictures from the day, follow this link: Piscataquog Snowshoe Hike

If you go: Piscataquog River Park is a little known jewel in Manchester’s outdoors crown, but the park is getting more popular every season. A good starting point to explore the park is West Side Arena. From there to the Merrimack River, a paved and graded trail runs about two miles through woods and backyards. Plus, side paths lead down to the Piscataquog River from various points in the park.

Janelle practicing her hill climbing.

Janelle practicing her hill climbing.

Heading park the baseball fields.

Heading past the baseball fields.

Showing off her mad snowshoe skills.

Showing off her mad snowshoe skills.


Upcoming adventures: One of our New Year’s resolutions is to improve our running and track skills.

So, with that in mind, Buffalo and Tough Cookie (along with Meena and Aaron) will start 2013 by running in the Millennium Mile in Londonderry, a one-mile downhill sprint.

The race is a great way to begin the new year and we’ve love to see you there. Come run with Buffalo and Tough Cookie on New Year’s Day. The race is free for kids 11 and under, and only $15 for adults.

Hey, it’s only a mile! You can run a mile, can’t you? We’d love to see you. Here’s a link to the website and registration area: Millennium Mile

Come run with us!


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9 thoughts on “Urban Explorations: First snowshoe of the season at Piscataquog River Park

  1. Melissa

    Great pictures! We finally had snow down here in CT and also spent the day snowshoeing and xc skiing! Wish we could join you in the Millenium Mile. My niece and I will be starting 2013 in a similar way though, we are running the Frosty 5K here on the CT shoreline. Have fun and keep the adventures coming!

    • Great Melissa! How did you and your niece do? Janelle and I ran hard and finished with a 8:24 mile. Pretty good all things considered!

      • Melissa

        My niece and I did pretty well for our first real 5K. We finished in 34:15. Our goal is to finish a 5k in less than 30 minutes this year. Well, my niece wants to finish in <25, but I need to be realistic for myself 🙂 we had a great time though!! Hope you all had fun too!

  2. Scott R.

    Haven’t tried snowshoeing yet. It’s on our list to get started. Good luck with your race, Meena should have no problem going downhill! I remember her racing uphill last year!

    • Hi Scott, you must give it a try. Great fun. Different set of muscles but once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to quit. Meena paced Aaron so alas, she could not run at full speed but we all had a great race!

  3. That’s one happy new snowshoer! Glad you guys were able to grab this excellent early winter day. We’re just back from a few amazing days in Maine and have totally caught the winter hiking bug! We need to connect with you soon and get out to play in the snow!

    Happy New Year!

    Mark and Nat

    • Hi Mark, yup, Tough Cookie enjoyed it very much! Next, up we’ll go up a small mountain, maybe the Uncs, or Pack Monadnock and see how that goes. Yes, I saw your post and am looking forward to reading it! Let us know when you’re going to be up north!

  4. Auntie Nancy

    Hmmm…wonder if I could snowshoe here? We seem to have enough snow .. finally! lol
    Hope the race today went well for all!

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