Living in a cold, Midwestern climate and having lived in other cold climates, I find myself wondering why I haven’t moved to Florida or California already. During the heart of winter, when thirty degrees feels warm and sunny days are a pleasant surprise, I like to lament about the things I could be doing it weren’t so unearthly cold outside: dining al fresco on the front porch, meeting for margaritas and chips n’ salsa on the patio of the local Mexican joint, relaxing on the beach with a good book to name a few. I then feel envious of the people living in Southern California who probably have never owned a coat.
However, lately the weather has been miserable everywhere. This winter it has already snowed in Florida and Texas, DC has had not one, but TWO Snowpocalypses, New England has been pounded with snow. There really is no such place with perfect weather. That being said, there is no point in wishing away all of these less than ideal conditions.
Moral of the story? Don’t wait let the weather rain on your parade! You don’t need to wait for the “perfect” conditions in order to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities! Simply bundle up!
Here are some events you can still enjoy in the Great (Cold) Outdoors:
The Winter Olympics. The rest of the world doesn’t seem to mind standing outside on Cypress Mountain under the cold, dim moon to catch a glimpse of downhill moguls or cross-country skiing. Anything to witness Olympic Glory.
Mardi Gras and Other Winter Parades. After attending St. Louis’s Mardi Gras parade and celebration this past weekend, it dawned on me that I don’t need to wait until June to enjoy the delights of a street festival. Just add a pair of leggings under your outfit, a couple extra shirts, gloves, scarf, and a hat and you can still catch beads from a parade for hours while clutching a 32 oz. Hurricane. Added bonus if you can wear winter gear in Mardi Gras colors.
Outdoor Sporting Events. It seems to be a trend that hockey teams are ditching their indoor arenas to play games at local baseball parks or football stadiums. The Boston Bruins played in the Winter NHL Classic at Fenway Park this past New Year’s Day. Last year, Wrigley Field hosted the tournament. I attended a Packers game in early December in Green Bay where the temperature was 20 degrees. I felt under dressed as I had left my snowpants/hunting gear at home. Of course, despite the cold, Packer fans were tailgating before and after the game.
Grill out. If you’re feeling daring, you can even eat outside on a picnic bench with a couple of beers and enjoy the wonders of your backyard. However, most people would want to eat their food indoors. I would argue that a cheeseburger made on the grill tastes better in December than in the heart of summer because it’s such a rare beauty.
However you decide to spend the rest of your winter, remember that inclement weather does not have to ruin your fun!