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4 Outdoor Winter Activities For People That Hate Skiing

4 Outdoor Winter Activities For People That Hate Skiing

Depending on where you live, winter can be very long and dreary. It may be pleasant for people that enjoy skiing and snowboarding, but everyone else has a hard time making it through the winter.

Fortunately, there are a lot of other outdoor activities for people that don’t want to ski or snowboard. Here are a few that you may want to try.

1. Hunting

If you live in a wooden, rural part of the country, you probably have a lot of wild game near you. You may have a great time hunting.

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The best place to start is your local Fish and Game office. Here are some things you will want to find out:

  • How many animals are you allowed to hunt? Be sure to do a little research on what types of animal you can kill and when you can do so. You should also be aware of the fact that hunting laws differ from state to state.
  • What requirements do you need to meet to be certified to hunt? You will generally need to be able to kill a large animal (such as a deer or moose) with a single shot because they don’t want injured animals walking into traffic or getting stuck in people’s swimming pools.
  • What is the best game to hunt in your area? You can usually hunt deer, moose, rabbits, and a lot of other game.
  • Where are the best hunting locations? Your local Fish and Game office usually has a great list.

If you have never been hunting before, you can usually get good tips from other hunters in your area. They may know of some good places that no one else has heard of.

2. Snowshoeing

According to research from Snowsports Industries America (SIA), nearly 4 million people go snowshoeing every year. It can be an exciting way for people of all ages to spend time outside.

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If you are interested in trying snowshoeing, here are a few things you’ll want to know:

  • Find a snowshoe that fits your foot properly. This will make everything a lot easier.
  • Start off on level ground. Unlike skiing and snowboarding, you will have a much easier time going snowshoeing on level ground. It takes a lot of energy to lift your legs with a snowshoe attached to your foot. It’s even harder while fighting gravity.
  • Plan a short trip the first couple of times. It takes time to condition yourself to going on long snowshoeing excursions because you are using different muscles than you would for running. You probably don’t want to go more than a quarter mile each day on your first couple of trips.
  • Dress in extra layers. Some people dress down a little in the winter. That may be okay when you are outside for 10 or 15 minutes, but you can develop hypothermia if you are out for longer than that. Snowshoeing takes time and you won’t be able to rush back if you start getting cold. Put on a few more layers than you usually would when going outside during the winter. Drake clothing tends to be good for winter weather.

Snowshoeing is a lot of fun, but it takes time to get used to. Be prepared and be patient.

3. Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is another popular activity you may want to get into. You can buy a used snowmobile for as little as $2000.

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If you have never gone before, you may want to ride with a more experienced snowboarder. There are over 3,000 snowmobiling clubs in the United States and Canada. You may want to check them out and see if anyone wants to ride with you.

You’ll also want to know where the best snowmobile trails are.

4. Winter Amusement Parks

Believe it or not, some amusement parks are open during the winter. Santa’s Village, Silver Dollar City, Hersheypark, and Kennywood are a few of the best.

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Of course, Disney World is also open during the winter, but you will have to pay close to $1,000 for each ticket. It’s better to find less popular places.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

If You’re Staying In

  1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
  2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
  3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
  4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
    • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
    • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
    • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
      • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
      • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
      • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
        • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

        If You Want to Get Away

        1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
        2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
        3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
          • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
          • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
          • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
          • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
          • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
          • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
            • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
            • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

            New & Exciting Experiences

            1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
            2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
              experience.
              • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
              • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
              • Experience white water rafting.
              • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
              • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                  • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                  • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                  • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                  Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                  Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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