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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: January 21st, 2013

snowshoesSnowshoeing is something you can do with the family — well snowboarding is too, but it’s not for everyone.

Snowshoeing, on the other hand, is on the rise. Ryan Alford of Snowshoe Magazine says it might helps folks avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder -read that here. He quoted research from the Outdoor Industry Association and SnowSports Industries America that the sport is on the rise, and it is in our family. My sister, two BILs and an SIL are all avid snowshoe fans.

Around my house, snowboarding was never all that popular. We still have a few boards in the attic, and many winters have come and gone with no one asking to rescue them. My daughter’s boyfriend, however, is a master at Blue Knob near Altoona, Pa.

My son’s girlfriend in Virginia Beach. She wants to see these snowshoes becasue she never really sees much snow. I’m going to give snowshoes a try this week with my buddy Grace Perhacs. I won’t have any great tips for you until after our adventure.

In the meantime, if you need some tips for where to enjoy snowshoe fun, Asbury Woods has it. Please call (814) 835-5356 for details. You can rents snowshoes there.

At Presque Isle, Shelter 1 near the Waterworks Ponds offers cross country skis and snowshoes for rent from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Call 814-833-7424 for more info.

You can also check out some of the ski resorts for info on snowshoeing. And Cleveland MetroParks has loads of family entertainment including snowshoeing.

Here’s info from Dana Massing’s blog Cheap in Erie on free snowshoe walks at Erie Bluffs and Pymatuning.

 

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: July 9th, 2012

My three kids were blanky babies. No pacifiers. No thumb-sucking. The little Winnie the Pooh blankets, fairy tale quilts and yellow woven blankies went everywhere with us. When we left one behind at my sister’s place, my nephew, a former blanky baby, sent it back to us Federal Express. He knew the value of a good blanky.

When the silky tag on one and the silver edging on another fell apart, I sewed them back together. Those toddler-size sleep aids gave way to comforters that traveled everywhere, and outlasted mattresses. My daughter’s Minnie Mouse comforter still sits on the rec room futon in the basement, and she hasn’t lived here more than a few months at a time in six years. I’ll give Disney credit — it still looks good. I remember when I ordered that big blanky from a JC Penney catalog. My dad picked it up and delivered it to one very happy little girl more than 15 years ago.

My sons did their room in cheetahs. And sports, but cheetahs came first. I had found some really cool cheetah comforters from a catalog. In all the travels my doctor of physical therapy son made over the past seven years, he retained the cheetah until its tattered jungle motif was so faded, we laid it to rest. My youngest son gave his to his girlfriend.

We are a lot like cartoon character Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz.

I knew there would be some research on this cozy topic, so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, at the University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeRichard H. Passman and his associates discovered that security blankets do give security to children who use them. Kids learn to comfort themselves, adapt to new situations, and more. It worked for all of my kids. They aren’t so attached to blankets anymore, but we do seem to be leaning toward collections — two kids have a lot of shoes, and one has a lot of hats.

Maybe these are security shoes and hats.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three, gramPam to one and editor of the award-winning Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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