- Shoveling Snow.
Alright, I admit this is probably the lamest of the five, but for anyone who is health conscious, shoveling by hand is one of the greatest ways to get and stay in shape throughout the winter! Last winter, we got 84 inches of snow: It was overwhelming. But, shoveling combines both strength and cardio all in one, it's also great to get finished and really be able to see the results of your work. Shoveling is also eco-friendly since it requires man power instead of gas or electricity for a snow blower. Personally, I love doing it as long as it's not too much (and I will say that last winter I was completely happy with it until about March: by that time I was ready to get back into my spring and summer activities!)
- Hot Chocolate.
I rarely ever have any form of cocoa. The exception is definitely when I come in from a long day of being out in the snow. There is a finality to it, something that signals to me to shut off a little from the hectic activities outside and take a moment to relax and unwind.
- Snowball Fights!
These can be combined with any other winter activity, usually happen spontaneously, and just happen to be fun! The thick snow we got on New Year's Day happened to be some of the most perfect snow for making snowballs, and they were definitely flying before we left.
- Snow Forts.
When I was a kid, we used to build snow forts at the end of our driveway to facilitate our neighborhood snowball fight. We had some spectacular times building up walls and digging different compartments and seats for everyone to take some shelter and store snowballs. As I got older, we moved into a house next to an empty lot: the snow plow would push all of the snow from the street onto the lot, and one year I built an igloo-sized fort. I was stopped when I was running an extension cord out to provide electricity. Getting older still, I'd been able to build forts with my cousins, in college, and continue to just have fun!
This might just be my favorite snow activity of them all. I love downhill skiing, and my mom and I have taken in the past few years to going for her birthday in February. It's one of the reasons I roller blade throughout the summer months so I can keep my legs and body conditioned for the slopes (and to tire out my dog, of coarse!) Someday, I want to get out to places like Lutzen or Colorado to get away for a longer period of time out on the hills.
I don't mind cross-country skiing either: I've been considering investing in my own pair of cross country skis so I can continue to take the dog out as I do when I roller blade in the summer. With how little snow we've had this year, I'm okay with waiting, but I still think it would be a ton of fun!
Winter is finally here in Minnesota, so even though most people find it miserable, my Friday fives this week are going to be on some of the finer points of snow season!
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