As we say goodbye to the warm summer days and fall colors, it’s time to get ready for some winter fun! It’s amazing how many people living in the Midwest say how much they hate what’s to come and feel they have to hunker down indoors till spring. Not me, even though I love summer and sun and beach and everything that comes with it I’m starting to feel excitement for what’s to come in the months ahead. With winter approaching, I’m beginning to plan for some epic winter adventures!! It’s time to dust off my winter gear including all the important base layers and clothing as well as snowshoes, skis, cold weather sleeping bags and sled. Winter brings on so many opportunities to explore the same parks and woods I played in during summer, with a whole new experience.
I’ve lived most of my life in the midwest with the exception of a few years in California and then Guam. I’ll admit that I loved the sun, sand and surf year-round for a while but I always longed for those winter adventures. When I was a kid, I can remember spending all day outside in the winter months. Winter meant snow forts,camping, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating and hockey on the local pond or flooded field and pretty much anything else that would keep me from being inside. With school in session, there was never enough time to explore all there was to do in the winter. I spent as much time as I could exploring my snowy surroundings. Winters in Michigan open up the door to some of the best adventures!
If you haven’t spent a lot of time out-of-doors in the winter with the exception of shoveling the drive or dashing from the car into the grocery store, it can be a little intimidating to think about spending several hours or even a full day outside. The first and most important thing to understand is how to dress. Having the right clothing and gear when spending time outside in the winter months can make the difference whether you suffer or have a good time. It’s sad to see people outside cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or on the sled hill either undedressed or overdressed in cotton base layers that hold moisture. For little investment, you can dress to be comfortable even in the coldest temperatures.
Spending time outdoors in the winter, whether its running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or camping offers new experiences with fresh air, the absence of bugs and an abundance of wildlife you might not see in the warmer months. The days are shorter but don’t let that stop you from putting on the headlamp and enjoying the woods or park at night. If you don’t want to go alone grab a friend or find a group to join up with. You’ll be surprised how many new friends you’ll meet.
This year don’t let old man winter keep you inside find YOUR adventure outdoors!!!