Winter Schminter—Let's Get Out and Play

OOOH Baby it’s cold outside! For some, the snowy time of year brings to mind festive winter scenes of Currier and Ives prints and hot cocoa. It’s too bad that more of us don’t have more time to enjoy the outdoors the way people did more than a century ago. Winter is a time for fun outdoor activities. We needn’t hide inside—especially while memories of holiday goodies linger on our taste buds and around our waistlines.

Winter offers a new perspective on Connecticut’s landscape for those who venture out. If you are not sure where to begin, take a look at the event offerings at places like the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center in Hampton, CT, which is featured on the Connecticut Forest & Park Association's events calendar. Guided winter walks, animal tracking, and more are fun for young and not-quite-so-young alike. Take advantage of snowy conditions and try cross-county skiing or snow-shoeing on one of the state’s many trails. Grab the camera and capture some of the season’s icy beauty on a nearby trail.

Remember, this is New England. Before we know it, we will be complaining about the heat and humidity. There is no time like the present to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions to drop a few pounds, and use less carbon and more footprints.