On Saturday, January 23, I headed over to the other side of Lake Sakakawea, just outside of Garrison, ND, to Fort Stevenson for their Candlelight Night Hike.
I saw this event on their Facebook page. It was an invitation to come try out the trails in their park by hiking, snow shoeing or cross country skiing. The event ran 5-7 p.m. and they lit up the path with candles along with some help from the full moon. Earlier in the day, they had events for the kids including sledding and making snowmen. We arrived to a happy and welcoming staff telling us all about where we we should go. Everything was totally free this day, including our snow shoe rental. I was pretty excited with the park ranger told us they also had some fat tire bikes that we could use for free this day as well. The weather was awesome, a bit breezy but 40 degrees and sunny. We figured out how to get strapped into our shoes and set out on about a mile loop. We had to detour for a few photo opportunities. I went with my friends Jess and Joel and met up with my Mom and a friend, Crystal. Fun group! Jess, Joel and Crystal all had their own snow shoes. The shoes we rented were older style but did the trick as far as I know. It was my first time!
Snow selfie! Joe, Jess, me and Crystal. My Mom was apparently on a mission and went a million miles ahead of us. We decided to take a break to get some photos of Lake Sakakawea and the sunset.
Here I am checking to make sure my phone is working. Very important while my Mom is strapping into her shoes.
Photo credit of these two above to Jess. She was trying to get the timer to go on the three of us but it wasn’t working. We took the fat tire bikes out a loop to go look at the house boats and sailboats that were parked for the winter. It is nice to dream about having one of those.
I had never ridden a fat bike tire but I’ve seen them around a lot in the past few years. These are heavy, more sturdy mountain bikes in my (non) professional opinion. The tires are, well – fat, and they allow excellent traction in the snow. It is almost like you float on top of the snow. I had a blast going through snow banks and now of course, want one. Like most bikes you can get a starter for a few hundred but these bikes really go up in price. Fort Stevenson has these on hand, adult and kid sizes for rent. I highly recommend these. They’d be fun to bike around for an afternoon.
The photo above is looking south from Fort Stevenson towards Riverdale/Pick City. Sakakawea is so massive!
Give Fort Stevenson, or any other of our ND state parks a try. Many of them have rentals for summer or winter activities and the guides are always so nice and ready to answer any questions. Thanks for the great evening, Fort Stevenson. The snacks (chili, snack mix, cookies, S’mores and more!!) and bon fire were greatly appreciated!