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Adventure of the week: The snowshoe fits at Donner State Park

Looking ahead to Sunday, perhaps after you've eaten too much holiday home cooking, it'll be time to create a little balance with fresh air and exercise. One tempting choice -- provided the weather cooperates -- is a beginner's snowshoe outing at Donner Memorial State Park.

Winter visitors to the park can anticipate seeing animal tracks and panoramic vistas. Following the snowshoe experience, those with energy to spare may take in the park's Emigrant Trail Museum (open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). It's full of early California history, including the Donner Party tragedy of 1846.

The snowshoe trip is being organized by members of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club; it is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday at 11th and P streets in Sacramento to form car pools. Participants are asked to dress in layers and share in the driver's expenses and the cost of a snow park.

Also, everyone needs to provide his or her own snowshoes and poles, so those who must rent should make arrangements in advance.

Donner park is 100 miles east of Sacramento and west of downtown Truckee. Drivers should carry chains. A winter storm warning or chain controls would cancel the trip.

For more information: (916) 451-3358.