Snowshoeing at Union Creek and Fireball Hot Chocolate

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Fireball Hot Chocolate

This last week was one of the busiest work weeks that I have had in a while…  It was so brutally busy that by the end of the week, Bruce and I decided to book a cabin at Union Creek Resort for a mini vacation over the weekend.  Union Creek Resort is located in the Southern Oregon Cascade Mountains approximately 70 miles from our home and only 21 miles from Crater Lake National Park.  Union Creek Resort is a charming 1900’s era lodge with cabins for rent and miles of hiking trails all around.  Beckie’s restaurant is a short walk across the road and is known for their delicious homemade huckleberry pies.  At Union Creek Resort, there’s no cell phone coverage, no cable television in the rooms and definitely no internet.  No nothing, except for peace and quiet…  And, that was precisely why we were there.  To unplug and to unwind after a crazy busy work week…

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The lodge and country store at Union Creek.

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The rental cabins appeared rustic and rough on the outside but, they were nicely updated and clean on the inside.  We found the resort staff polite and courteous.  We would definitely stay there again.

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The old Do Not Disturb sign was pretty cool…  So was the antiquated key hole and knob on the front door.  Not to worry, there was a sturdy “modern” brass lock on the door above…

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Early in the morning, we rented snow shoes at the lodge.  This was the first time that Bruce and I ever tried snowshoeing before.  The skies were clear and the air was cold and crisp.  We knew that we were going to have a wonderful time.

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A view from the middle of the footbridge over Union Creek.  The water was icy and cold from the snow melt.  In the warm summer months, you can fish for rainbow and brook trout.

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Bruce and I trekked along Union Creek and through the forest on our way to the Rogue River.  There was about 2 to 3 feet of snow on the ground and bit more under the trees.  While making our way through the woods I made the mistake of tripping over my snowshoes and falling flat on my face in the powdery snow.  Note to self…  Be careful how you step in the shoes and be sure to not to fall into deep powder snow without poles.   Once down, I quickly learned that you can’t push yourself up very easily.  Every time I put my hand down on the snow to get my balance, I sank deeper. I yelled and Bruce had to turn back around and help me my get back upright.  It was embarrassing and fortunately nobody else was in the woods that morning to witness the event.

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When snowshoeing on the unbroken marked trail, we always looked for the blue diamond markers nailed on the sides of the trees.  In the summer months, following the trail is really easy.  Winter is a completely different story.  You can’t see the trail and it’s easy to trip over logs and branches if you happen to veer off.

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We finally reached the Rogue River…  During the summer, Bruce and I like to take our tent trailer and camp along the bank.  It’s such a quiet, peaceful and beautiful place. Yet another reason why I love living in Oregon.

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After reaching the bank of the Rogue River it was time to start our trek back to the cabin.  The snow was light, fluffy and sparkled in the morning sun.  I was extremely careful to make sure that I did not trip over my snowshoes on the way back.  I did not want to do an embarrassing “face plant” again.  By the time we got back to the cabin we both agreed that we would like to do this again soon.  Snowshoeing is a fun way to explore the forest and to get a great winter workout.

One delicious way to warm up after spending a day in the snow is to make Fireball Hot Chocolate.  Fireball Hot Chocolate is a wonderful blend of homemade hot chocolate (you can use instant hot chocolate packets if you like) and cinnamon flavored whisky.  It’s easy, delicious and is a perfect beverage after spending a day snowshoeing.  Makes one serving.  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • I cup milk
  • 2 – 3 tsp cocoa.powder (I like dark cocoa powder best)
  • 2 Tbs sugar or to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 ounces Fireball Whisky (cinnamon flavored whisky)
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate sprinkles and cinnamon stick for garnish

Begin by preparing the hot chocolate.  In a mug, add cocoa powder, sugar and salt.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat milk in microwave 1 to 2 minutes or until hot.  Add the hot milk mixture to the mug and stir.  Add the Fireball cinnamon flavored whisky to the mug and stir again. Top with whip cream and garnish with chocolate sprinkles and a cinnamon stick. Makes 1 serving.

Cocoa recipe adapted from Hershey’s Perfect Cocoa.

***Note:  This is an adult alcoholic beverage and should not be served to those under the legal drinking age.  Please drink responsibly.***

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25 thoughts on “Snowshoeing at Union Creek and Fireball Hot Chocolate

  1. Roberta

    What a beautiful place and what a relaxing and nice week end. I love snow, but I live far from mountains, on the seaside, and sometimes I miss it!
    Finally, this hot chocolate is a real taste bomb :)
    kisses!!!

  2. Lasuch w kuchni

    What a wonderful getaway, beautiful views and wonderful weekend you had. As a yogi I so much cherish such weekends with the possibility of unplugging from all electronic devices although as a blogger I find it quite difficult in the same time ;-) And after such a great “workout” in the snow fireball hot chocolate sounds like a real treat :-)

    1. Tessa Post author

      Hi Joanna! What I like about going to Union Creek is that it is a bit more than an hour away. It’s such a beautiful place!

        1. Tessa Post author

          Hi Joanna! Thank you! We are so very lucky to live in Southern Oregon. It’s only a few minutes to the mountains, a few hours away from the ocean and less than ten minutes to the airport :).

  3. mjskit

    What a great place to go for a mini winter vacation! It reminds me of a place we use to go to in Chama, NM, but not quite as fancy. We were big cross-country skiers at one time so taking off into snow packed forest was awesome! I’ve always wanted to try snowshoeing but thought it was too much work. :) Love your little cup of warmup!!! I could use one of those right now.

    1. Tessa Post author

      Hi MJ! Thank you! I loved snowshoeing and I can’t wait to go out and do it again. I thought about bringing my cross country skis but Bruce does not have a pair of skis for himself yet… So, renting the snowshoes was a perfect thing for us to do together.

  4. Simply Tia

    Your photos are beautiful. Although I detest snow, I kinda wish I’d go somewhere this pretty. And that hot chocolate sounds DIVINE!!! Love the addition of alcohol. Yum.

  5. jlaceda

    I’d like to go snowshoeing in such lovely, rustic setting. And a spiked hot cocoa drink is THE way to end the day. By the fireplace, of course :) And a giant blanket.

    1. Tessa Post author

      Hi Sarah! Next time you come up to Oregon in winter, you MUST go snowshoeing! I loved it so much that I am thinking about buying a couple of pair of shoes for Bruce and I this spring when they go on sale so we can go out again next year :).

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