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We went away to do some cross country skiing for our anniversary. Both of us used to downhill ski, one of us was much better than the other, but we don’t want to give him a bigger ego so we won’t mention any names. Then I took up cross country skiing since I could literally walk out my side door put on my skis and go off into the woods behind our house and ski, no lugging of skis, boots, poles, accoutrements into and out of vehicle, driving, etc.
Some days, I would bundle up like I was headed off into the tundra, which sometimes best describes that area in our yard where we park our vehicles, and then as I made each loop through the yard I would shed gloves, the hat, a scarf or even my jacket – you get the picture, I obviously bundled up too much. The nice thing about skiing right outside your door was that I could just go inside by skiing back to my doorstep, no lugging of equipment, no driving, no changing.
Tom started joining me and the loops through the woods got longer, mostly because he knows his way around the woods far better than I. To say I am a bit directionally challenged would make those that know me laugh hysterically, but I wouldn’t wander too far into the trails alone in the woods for fear I might never make it out.
This was the first time that we actually went to a nordic center to ski. It was nice, the trails were well groomed and wide. While it was nice and we had a fun day, it did make us appreciate our own little “trail system” all that much more. Often, you need to wander away from home to realize just how lucky you are with what you have and often take for granted.
This evening, we noticed a rainbow outside in the sky. Not just a partial rainbow, mind you but a whole from end to end rainbow. It was beautiful. It was a nice end to the day and a great compliment to the beautiful sunrise this morning.
The seven rays of color of the rainbow carry some significance.
Blue is the color of spirituality
Yellow is the color of wisdom
Red is the color of vitality
Orange is the color of creative energy
Green is the color of balance
Indigo is the color of infinity.
Sir Isaac Newton in early experiments decided the colors of the rainbow were as above. Supposedly Newton was a believer in numerology and the number seven is a special number with religious significance. Of course the rainbow is made up of an infinite number of light variations, but we all learned the mnemonic ROY G. BIV and commonly refer to the colors of the rainbow as such.
The Nordic and the Navajo believe that rainbows span the distance between heaven and earth and only appears on the days that St. Peter opens heaven’s gates to allow new souls to enter, biblical references mark it as a promise from God after the Great Flood. The Irish believe that it marks the pot of gold guarded by leprechauns.
Today is Opening Day. No, not baseball opening day and no, not hunting opening day. Today is Snowmobiling Opening Day. Today is the first day that the VAST trails are open since hunting season ended yesterday.
Founded almost 40 years ago, VAST is responsible for the organization of the sport, maintaining and grooming trails. One of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S., VAST is a non-profit, private group that includes 138 clubs statewide, with over 35,000 members combined. (Taken from VAST’s site)
Beginning today, snowmobile trails throughout the state of Vermont are open for riding. Most of the riding takes place on private lands that landowners generously allow to be used by snowmobilers. Wouldn’t find that in New Jersey now would you? No one here thinks twice if a band of snowmobilers comes riding through their yard. After all, it’s winter. No more so than the rouge cross-country skier or snowshoer that wanders through. Did you know that you can travel from one end of the state to the other solely by snowmobile? How cool is that? We are lucky that we have trails right outside of our door and Tom and Tyler will be off on the snowmobobies (as Tyler used to call them). The side benefit to me, is that I get my cross-country ski trails groomed in the mix. It’s all good.