We got our first accumulating snow of the year. My Google Pics account sends me blasts from the past photos from the past periodically and I got one this week reminding me we can and maybe should get below zero weat
her around now. I know the difference between climate and weather, but this is just weird.
I think about this time of year a lot of families are zoned in on television and staying warm by the fire. We do, and always have done a fair amount of this too, but there is plenty to do outdoors this time of the year - whether the temperature is freakishly warm as it has been typically this year, or more typical of January, like the one hanging on the old cedar tree in the adjoining picture. You know your family best, and you ought to adpat any of these ideas for what works for you, but here's some ideas to get you thinking.
ROAST SOME HOT DOGS AND MAKE S'MORES
Anything to get outdoors can be a real plus as the realities of cabin fever set in. This is an easy one, becasue you can keep everybody nice and warm, and at the same time, teach kids some outdoors skills such as building a fire.
It's the kind of thing you can do on a Saturday afternoon or even after work. If you live out in
the country, you probably have options as close as your back yard. If you don't, plan a short trip to a public area. If you don't have firewood at the house, a lot of times you can pick up a dry bundle at a convenience store. Think about bringing alond a stick of something like Duraflame firestarter available in sporting good sections or stores.
Bring along a stainless steel coffee pot and make some hot drinks to warm everybody up and wash down a some campfire food.
TAKE A WINTER HIKE
For those who deer hunt in the woods, you know how different the woods look this time of the
year. The landscape seems to be a completely different locale than in other times of the year.
Try getting somewhere that gives at least the opportunity to observe wildlife, whether that be birds, deer, foxes, or whatever populates the natural world in your region. If you have kids, I suggest you don't try to keep them quiet much of the time - keep it fun.
But tell them that for some part of the hike, you are going to sneak as quietly as you can through the woods and keep track of what you see. Sit down for a few minutes and encourage your kids to focus some of their attention on the far away and some on the area right around where you are.
Whether your family is a hunting family, or just enjoys the outdoors, spending time outdoors throughout the year, is invaluable.
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