Proof That A New Pair Of (Snow) Shoes Can Change Your Life

“Adventure Sweethearts”

I am sure we all have heard a very similar quote at one time or another which relates to a beloved childhood fairy tale. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that this particular quote really began to resonate with me and mean so much more!

Being born and raised in Northern Michigan, I grew up, as many did, having plenty of outdoors activities to choose from. It wasn’t difficult to live a healthy and active lifestyle throughout the four seasons. As the seasons changed so did our activities. Spring we could be found hiking and exploring the vastness of Michigan’s trail systems, while summer days were spent enjoying the pristine waters and shorelines of Lake Michigan and camping with the family. As winter arrived things slowed down a bit, but we still managed to stay active and get outdoors often. There was always snowmobiling, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and just general enjoying and playing in the fresh fallen snow. But it wasn’t until one particular year that we decided to get each other a new pair of snowshoes for Valentines Day that our lives really did change and in so many ways.

As I mentioned before, our first pair of snowshoes came into our lives as a gift that we bought for each other on Valentines Day. One pair of snowshoes for my husband, and another pair for me. The idea came to us after reading and hearing many stories of great snowshoe adventures both near and far. We discovered that snowshoeing gave us a new way to get outdoors and to stay fit and healthy during the winter as well as opening up a whole new world for us. Snowshoeing opened up so many amazing new places to explore that we were never able to experience during the long winter months. Many off the beaten path and not accessible, except by snowshoes that is. Strapping on our new pair of snowshoes gave us a new activity that we could do during the winter time, anytime and anywhere, either solo, or as a couple as well as with the kids and the family dog.

Fast forward now, many years later and life has really changed. Not only has there been many wonderful moments and experiences shared with my husband and family, but I have also had the great opportunity of sharing those experiences with others as we continue through my sixth season as a Tubbs Snowshoes Ambassador. Also, It makes my heart happy to know that there is the possibility that I may have inspired others to strap on a new pair of snowshoes and that perhaps it may have changed their lives positively too.

So aside from enjoying and sharing great experiences and becoming a Tubbs Snowshoes Ambassador, what else has my new pair of snowshoes changed in my life? Well, let me tell you. It used to be that all of the benefits of living an active lifestyle would typically get somewhat lost during the winter months. However, by adding snowshoeing to our outdoors lifestyle we have been able to continue to stay active all winter through and the overall benefits have brought me a delightful surprise! Not only has my health and fitness benefited tremendously by having more stamina, but it has affected my closet too! Yes, of course it is true that there is much more outdoors winter gear in there, but my wardrobe has changed as well as I am a couple of sizes smaller now. 🙂

So there you have it! If you are struggling with what to gift your special someone for Valentines Day this year, wanting it to be meaningful and so much more. Why not a new pair of snowshoes?! It could change their whole life, and yours as well. Get outdoors and enjoy life. Life’s An Adventure … Make it an Adventure to Remember!

“Let it Snow”
“Winter Wonderland”
Traverse City, Michigan