Well, we hit fifty degrees in parts of Minnesota on Monday and witnessed our first true signs that spring might still show up this year. Melting snow! Don’t get me wrong, we’re only halfway through March and I don’t believe for a second that winter is through with us this year. Regardless, that first forty-five plus day every year always fills me with visions of the green grass and bright sunshine that lies ahead of us.
Relative to the past few years, it’s been a “tough” winter here in Minnie. We’ve been hit with an epic combination of both incredible amounts of snowfall and brutally cold temperatures for extended periods of time. The talk around town is that most people have had enough winter this year and are absolutely ready for spring. While I will include myself in that group, I’ll add the caveat that I’ve enjoyed myself this winter as I always do!
This year was particularly enjoyable as I picked up a new hobby and I’m excited to have it in my arsenal of activities that help make the best of the long winter months here in the great white North! I’ve been Nordic skiing since I was a kid, but always the “Classic” form. This year I decided to pick up a pair of “Skate” skis and give it a try. I did this for two reasons, one I’ve always thought it looked like a blast and two, with the expected arrival of my first bird dog this summer I had high hopes of utilizing skijoring as a fun way to keep the pup, and myself in shape!
Fast forward a couple of months and I could not be happier with my purchase of the skate skies! I picked up the technique fairly quick and I’ve been able to put my skills to the test about as much as I think a beginner could in his or her first season. It is such a great combination of excitement and exercise I would seriously recommend anyone give it a try! When the sunlight dwindles and cold temperatures keep most people inside, we’re all looking for a way to get some exercise and a boost our moods. Well skate skiing has absolutely become my go-to activity this winter and certainly the winters to follow. It’s a great way to get outside and spend time with others as well. We bought a pair of skis for my wife and she picked it up just as quickly as I did with even less classic cross-country skiing experience. There’s also sense of satisfaction that I get when I can spend a couple of hours outside, in sub-thirty degree temperatures, wearing nothing more than some light soft shell clothing, all the while working up a sweat, breathing in the fresh winter air. It just feels so good on so many levels!
For me personally, that’s what being a Northwoods’R is all about! Find a way to connect with and enjoy the environment. Don’t run from it, accept it and learn to work with it rather than against it! The same could be said about many things in life, but that doesn’t make it any less true when it comes to the Northwoods.
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