Ok, so technically, going to a dam isn't exactly a great way to get into nature, but when you're hoping to sled and snowshoe on the same trip, you make some concessions.
Of course, I didn't think there would be so many snowmobiles. At least they kept their distance.
And really, except for the time we were actually at the dam it was awfully quiet as the snow fell in big clumps.
Super bonus: We started from the Price Creek rest stop that doesn't require a Sno-Park permit. (I'm not sure if it's cool to park there and go adventuring, but we didn't have any problems.)
Besides the dam, there was a ton to do. A well packed trench wove through both an alder grove and second growth forest. We even found a beaver pond. The whole valley looks like it could be a great place to just wander around, but the sledding hill was why were were went.
It's a decent hill with plenty of elevation even if the runs aren't the longest. There are also some gravel piles that were covered with snow and made for extremely fast descents. And fast descents make for sweet crashes, too. Yeah, tears, but they didn't last long when we looked at the next hill.
We'll definitely be back, but probably with the whole family, not just me, Lilly, and Henry.