I’m not going to lie, I always get a little stir-crazy in the winter.
Since it’s usually cold during the winter where we live, and there’s not a whole lot going on, it can be tempting to lay around the house all day snuggled up with one of the cats, munching on snacks. Doing stuff like that feels really awesome to me, until I read a book, watch a movie, or see a photo where other people are outside going on fun adventures. When I stumble across something like that, I want to have an adventure too!
It’s not that I mind going for a winter walk, hike or run. Sometimes it’s actually more enjoyable than a warm weather workout due to the lack of bugs and other humans outside. This year though, much of our winter so far has been pretty lazy thanks to some frigid temperatures, along with Luke and I both catching colds.
Patronus begs to differ about the weather being too cold, though. To him, anything below freezing is the best weather.
Thankfully we didn’t end up having to skip out on too many walks, and there have still been plenty of opportunities for him to play with his friends.
Still, it’s January and I’m feeling antsy thinking about all the fun things we want to do when the warmer weather gets here.
One thing Luke and I hope to do this year is take Patronus camping. Thanks to winter sales, coupons, and miscellaneous loyalty rewards, I’ve managed to cross a couple of gear items off our list, so it’s a possibility.
As you can see, Patronus is quite okay with the new gear showing up. I was a little worried he wasn’t going to be a big fan of his new pack, but he seemed to instantly know that it was a present for him, and it was intended to be used for something fun. He got really excited when I took it out of the box, and even more excited when I let him try it on and test it out around the neighborhood.
I had the chance to take Patronus to a trail over the weekend so he could explore the woods again and practice going for a hike with his pack on. I wanted to see how he would do without overdoing it for him, so we did a pretty short trail and just loaded his pack with the essentials: treats, poop bags, and a little bit of water. Luke was cleaning the house, so I think he also appreciated having us both out of the way.
He got to do a couple of miles in the snow and mud and also see some deer.
So far he really seems to be enjoying the outdoors!
In addition to some winter walks and shopping, Luke and I have been binge watching Homemade Wanderlust’s videos on YouTube lately. She’s a backpacker and thru-hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, so her channel is filled with all kinds of tips, q&a videos, and vlogs from her trips. If you’re at all interested in hiking and/or backpacking–especially if the whole idea seems a bit overwhelming or intimidating–I would highly recommend checking her channel out!
Hopefully the year ahead will bring lots of new adventures and fun things to do.
For now though, it’s time to just get as many winter walks in as we can, and in addition to that, hopefully I’ll be able to start running and strength training again soon!
What do you do to help get you through the winter?