Bundle Up and Go Play Outside!

This latest blast of cold air means it’s officially winter in my book, even if the calendar says winter won’t be here until December 21.

It may be tempting to stay indoors but I’ve discovered there are plenty of outdoor activities that make it worth bundling up and leaving the cozy RV.

How about a navigation class? REI always has great classes that teach you about your newest outdoor interest. It’s easy practice navigating with short routes outside, and you can learn all about using a map and compass, and a GPS, and how to mark and follow waypoints.

And with those new navigation skills, you may want to try Geocaching.  People have hidden secret caches across the landscape – in remote areas, in city parks, and even underwater – and it’s fun for the whole family to go find them. These days, you can even use your smart phone. I’m thinking it would be fun to plan geocaching stops along the route for every RV road trip! Here’s a video that walks you through your first geocache adventure.

Finally, if you like hiking and you’re heading to a place with snow on the ground, consider snowshoeing. You can rent snowshoes and discover the winter landscape in a whole new way. Many of the National Parks offer snowshoeing trails, so browse their website to find a park near you.  They’ve also got a calendar of winter activities if you need more inspiration.

Now, the weekend is here! I suggest you bundle up and go play outside!

~ G. Elaine Acker

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