Our second day of vacation at Snowshoe Mountain was another outdoorsy day packed with hiking, swimming and quality family time!
Before bed on Friday night, Ryan and I figured out a hiking game plan for Saturday morning and once everyone was up and ready to move, we drove down to the base of the mountain to park Ryan’s car and set out on the Shavers Lake Trail. Our plan was to hike around the lake and meander along some of the nearby trails before hiking up Snowshoe Mountain back to our townhouse. (We planned to ride the ski lift back down the mountain when Sadie was not with us later in the day to get our car.)
Morning Hike Around Shavers Lake
The weather on Saturday morning was perfect hiking weather and even though it started to warm up quickly, we were loving the low 70-degree temperatures and beautiful mountain and lake views.
Ryan and I always talk about how much we enjoy watching Sadie on our hikes. She epitomizes joy as she sprints all over the place, sniffing everything in her path. It’s fun to watch her just be a dog and love every single second of exploring a new environment.
She’s an outdoorsy girl through and through!
The hike around the lake was flat and easy and one of the off-shoot trails, the Shavers Fork Trail, led us to a beautiful little steam that we walked along for a while before turning back and making our way up Snowshoe Mountain.
The hike up the mountain was no joke and we were huffing and puffing as we made our way to the top. Our hike lasted just shy of two hours which was perfect for hiking with a one-year-old.
Chase did great in the hiking backpack (a peanut butter sandwich, two small toys and a Wubbanub helped!) and crashed hard in the pack ‘n’ play when we made it back to our townhouse.
After sharing a bunch of pictures and videos of our vacation on Snapchat, I received some questions about the hiking backpack we bought for this trip. Ryan ordered the Osprey Poco AG Plus backpack after doing a LOT of research. It took us months to pull the trigger and buy it because it’s not cheap by any means but it is one heck of an awesome backpack.
It’s easy to use (no crazy straps or stressful wraps to figure out) and I feel like the folks at Osprey thought of everything! Ryan and I both wore it during the trip and it was quite comfortable thanks to adjustable straps that allow the weight of the backpack to sit primarily on your hips as opposed to your shoulders.
Chase sat up nice and high in the secure seat and seemed to be perfectly comfortable and happy with his VIP seat during our hiking adventures. If you’d like more details, just let me know and I’ll share more in the comments section of this post, but I’ll just say that we highly recommend it and love all of the pockets, the retractable sun visor, water bottle holders, the mini backpack you can zip on and off the main hiking pack and more. We hope to get a lot more use out of this bad boy!
Lunch + Pool Time
While Chase snoozed away during his morning nap, I walked back in to the village to browse some of the little shops and pick up sandwiches from Old Spruce for lunch. (Ryan thought the restaurant’s name was Old Spice at first glance which made me laugh. Of course we ended up referring to the place as Old Spice for the rest of the weekend.)
Ryan and I ate our sandwiches at the townhouse and shortly after we were done with lunch, Chase was up again, so we lathered up with sunscreen and walked to Split Rock Pools.
Chase loves splashing, kicking and watching big kids play, so the pool was a hit! As the name implies, Split Rock Pools are actually two pools – and indoor and an outdoor pool – that are connected through a little flap you can swim through which was really neat. I bet it would be even cooler in the winter when guests can swim around outside in the heated pool surrounded by snow!
The indoor pool was our favorite because of the zero-depth entry that allowed Chase to crawl around and splash and be a little more independent. Chase had the best time and Ryan even took him down the two small slides which was a huge hit! He was wide-eyed and lovin’ it!
Spa Visit + Dinner
Once we were done at the pool, we took the ski lift back down the mountain to pick up Ryan’s car where we parked it for our morning hike and made it back to the townhouse with just enough time for Ryan to hightail it back into the village for a massage.
Snowshoe Mountain was kind enough to provide us with his and hers therapeutic massages during our visit and they were heavenly! There’s nothing better than a relaxing massage after hiking and exploring and since I haven’t had a professional massage since a prenatal massage I received when I was pregnant, I felt like I had a lot of knots and kinks to work out.
Ryan and I had the same massage therapist (our appointments were an hour apart) and Laura was absolutely fantastic. I cannot recommend her enough! She went out of her way to spend time on my neck (I’ve had on-and-off minor neck pain for almost two months now) and even incorporated hot stones into the deep tissue work she did on my neck. It was so wonderful!
Since my massage ran into Chase’s usual dinnertime, Ryan, Chase and Sadie met met right outside the spa when my appointment was over and we took our cues from Chase and opted to order sandwiches and salads to go from Old Spruce again since Chase was fading fast.
Fortunately we had some more ice cream on hand in the freezer so our Saturday ended on a sweet note!
Our vacation wrapped up on Sunday morning after a 3.5 mile hike around Snowshoe Mountain.
We were on the road by 9:30 a.m. and made it home just before 3 p.m. which was prefect! The rest of our Sunday was spent unpacking, cleaning and catching up on work. Even though our vacation was a super short one, it felt so great to get away and I am very grateful to Snowshoe Mountain for inviting us up for the weekend!