Snowshoe hike

The MacKenzie Center’s first-ever evening snowshoe hike is Feb. 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

For eons, nature lovers have pondered the peace of the woods at night – as Robert Frost reflected, of hearing “the sweep/ Of easy wind and downy flake.”

This serenity may be a reason for the popularity of night walks in all seasons. The MacKenzie Center is adding their own event with a candlelit snowshoe hike Feb. 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

“It’s a great way to be outside and enjoy the quiet and stillness of being in the woods at night, but the candlelight helps break up the darkness a little bit,” said Hayley Parsons, MacKenzie Center wildlife technician and natural resources educator. “But, you still get that feeling of the quiet and calmness and you can listen for owls and deer walking.”

The illuminated path will start at the lodge, where the center will rent snowshoes for free as long as there is six inches of snow on the ground (if not, the event will turn into an evening hike, though walkers can still use their own snowshoes).

The lodge will be open for adventurers to warm up with hot chocolate and puzzles and other activities by the fireplace.

The MacKenzie Center held its first public snowshoeing event during the day last year. Parsons said they were inspired to hold a night hike because of the popularity of an autumn candlelit walk.

“We thought it went really well,” Parsons said. “And we thought we would try it this time with snowshoes.”

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