I often hear the lament – “I hate winter!”
On my front door I have a hanging decoration that says, “I love winter!”
Am I daft? Perhaps, but not about loving winter. Especially when there is so much to do and so many places to explore in the winter.
“What is there to do in winter?” those winter haters might say. “Skiing?”
Well, yes. There is that. But if you’re not a skier then that’s not really an option for you is it?
So let’s talk about something we can do in winter that is affordable, fun, and provides so many opportunities to play and explore!
How about incorporating snowshoeing with building snow caves, playing in the snow, and hot Dutch oven soup? Here’s how it works. Get your Dutch oven or slow cooker or just a nice big pot. Throw some tasty ingredients together and let them simmer for a few hours while you get out and get going in the snow!
Grab some snowshoes; borrow some from a friend or rent a pair if you don’t have your own. Then find a familiar trail, or join in with a guided snowshoe hike at your favorite state park. While you are out, find a nice open place to hang out for a while to try your hand at building a snow cave. They aren’t too hard, and are actually very fun to make. Play in the snow for a while, build forts, have snowball fights, and then make your way back to where your soup is warm and waiting. Oh man. That sounds awesome!
For a group of winter Rockin’ Utah participants, that’s exactly what we did.