Typically the winters here in good ol’ Ohiopyle, PA are filled with quiet, snowy, beautiful days. Around this time our staff slims down to the managers and a few hardy staffers. We all love the snow and enjoy some form of winter sports whether it be telemark skiing, crosscountry skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, or the occasional competitive snowball fight. Right now as I write this, sitting in the office above our outfitter store, I am contemplating which piece of gear do I need for my nightly downhill ski excursions. A new pair of Mountain Hardwear gaiters, some super cozy Smartwool socks, or extra warm gloves? This year I am all-a-twitter about the new Mountain Hardwear women’s Synchro Ski Jacket. I own last year’s Synchro jacket, and let me tell you the new model is something! Perfectly cut for a women, with vents in all the right places, enough pockets to hold anything you would need, and the cool new waterproof seams are a really awesome detail. This jacket is tough enough to take the worst wind and snow storm, and yet light enough to work perfectly in a spring shower. It has my vote.
This is also the time of year when we plan new programs, develop new ideas to keep our trips on the cutting edge, and let our imaginations run wild with summer excitement! This winter our office has been buzzing over our 2010 Bike Tours! Our standard 3 and 6 Day Pittsburgh to DC tours are as popular as ever! Drawing cycling enthusiasts from all over the United States, South America, and Canada. The Great Allegheny Passageway(GAP) and the C&O Canal have a unique way of making time stand still, and reminding you to stop and enjoy the sun on your face.
We are also debuting two new tours this year for the road biker in all of us! The Americana Bike Tour takes you back to a time when apple pies were cooling in the kitchen windows. Our second new tour for 2010, The Civil War Bike Tour, guides you through events that shaped our nation. All the while enjoying peaceful back roads, the smiling faces of your guides, and making new life long friends. Simply put: we love these tours.
It’s a great time to be at Wilderness Voyageurs. I hope to see new smiling faces this year, and of course I look forward to reuniting with old friends.
See you on the trail, on the water, or on a bike!