“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” —William Blake
Most people put away the camping gear and hunker down for the winter, planning and waiting for spring to return. I used to be like that until I got fed up with the local gym one January day and bought some snowshoes. I realized shortly after that on a sunny 20degree day, you can sweat it out and enjoy the outdoors without dying or being eaten alive by swarms of flying, stinging, biting insects. Game, on, Winter.
I was invited to the 12th annual Frozen Butt Hang north of Antigo, WI this weekend but since my winter hammock camping game does not exist, I will pass this time. I am super excited to go to the Wisconsin Overland 2023 Snoverland event later this month. I will be bailing to the family cabin nearby (my winter camping game is non-existent at this point, too) but we will have some fun drifting the snowy two-tracks, snowshoeing and hanging around a warm campfire. I am really looking forward to using the new orastone rechargeable hand-warmer I got as a gift for Christmas. I usually bring HotHands but this one is so cute and I can’t wait to try it out.
The featured image on this blog post is of the Eben Ice Caves I visited a couple of years ago in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I highly recommend going there but it is a treacherous approach and I hear that it is quite popular and crowded now.
If you are looking for some fun frozen waterfall chasing, you can search for Marinette County falls in Wisconsin, Starved Rock or Matthiessen State Park in Illinois or check out the latest issue of Northology Adventures for a bit on falls around the Munising, Michigan area. If a microadventure is more suitable, bundle up, find a local park with a creek and bring your coffee kit to enjoy a hot cup while listening to the trickle of the water and “in winter, enjoy.”