I just can't say enough great things about cross country skiing. It gets us outside, exercising, and having fun. Almost anyone can do it and it's inexpensive (you can find a good pair of used skis for around $70). We have not had a snowy winter here in New England, so this weekend we drove about 40 minutes to a cross country ski center where they has miles and miles of groomed trails.
I am so proud of Elsa. We were out for about 2 1/2 hours and she pushed herself so hard and had such a good time doing it. She was very sore the following day. And we are of course grateful to Cyrus for playing by himself in the pulk. The pulk was a family Christmas Gift from my parents, Elsa's second Christmas. She was always so happy to climb into a warm sleeping bag with some toys and snacks and books. I wonder if those pre-skiing ski trips contributed to her desire to ski now.