So it is now wintertime. The snow has been coming down and my time outdoors has been limited to a quick bike ride commute to campus and work. Even though it has been abnormally warm, It will not be long until cabin fever gets the best of us. Trust me I love curling up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate just as much as the next person, but unfortunately reading books about travel and adventure just makes my desire to explore fester even more.
So what can we do outside in the winter? Well being the fun and creative human beings we are, we have come up with a multitude of winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding is pretty much a local pastime in the state of Colorado, but this can be expensive, and challenging, especially if you are just getting into it. How about sledding? Or tubing? A few weekends ago I went with my family to Winter Park and we all went snow tubing. It was a blast! Thrilling enough for the daredevils I’m related to, while still fun for the rest of us.
Then there is snowshoeing. The simplest, most cost effective snow sport out there. If you can walk you can snow shoe, or so they say. There is a lot of truth to that but the biggest benefit is that snowshoeing is available to all skill levels and desires. Do you just want to tromp around in the snow for an hour? No problem. Or would you rather trek miles into the forest and stay in a toasty backcountry yurt? You can do that too. But whoever said it’s too cold to camp? This season I invested in some gear that will allow me to do just that. The secret of winter is its unique beauty, and the chance for unparalleled solitude. So I encourage you to bundle up, get out there and enjoy whatever winter wonderland exists near you.