Snow Means Cold and Cold Means Winter

I figured that I would follow my last post about snow with a post about winter. After all, snow usually means cold and cold usually means winter. Hopefully there aren’t too many of you that hate snow and winter so much that you will hate me for doing this, but if you are one of those people I encourage you to give winter a shot. Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21, but in the Finger Lakes, winter usually starts a little bit before then.

There are a variety of things to do in the winter. Ice Skating, snow shoeing, skiing, ice fishing and hiking are all good options for winter in the Finger Lakes. There are many small waterfalls that cut through the sides of the hills into the lake that make for beautiful pictures when they freeze. My favorite thing to do is definitely to ski, and I recommend going to Bristol Mountain for that. Once the lakes freeze, ice fishing is a popular thing for people to do. Another popular activity once the lakes freeze is ice boating. Ice Boats look a little like sailboats and glide over the ice using the power of the wind. They are very fascinating to watch and I often drive down Lakeshore Drive on Canandaigua Lake to see if I can spot either ice fishers or any ice boats as it is an area where the lake tends to freeze early because of how shallow it is.

Not everything that is nice about winter involves being outside. There are also plenty of fun things to do inside. Find a wood burning fireplace and sit by the fire and sip some hot cocoa with marshmallows. Cuddle up on the couch and watch a Christmas Movie with the one you love. Head to the mall and get all of the great deals that come with the winter holidays. Stop in to one of many local restaurants to try their dish of the day, or week, or month, or season. Take the time you don’t want to spend outside by looking back at pictures from the summer months, organizing them, and ordering prints or making them into a photobook.

If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy winter, it is very common for weather to fluctuate quite a bit. So if it is snowing, windy and freezing cold today, that doesn’t always mean it is going to be the same tomorrow.  Today might be a day for sledding down the biggest hill you can find, and tomorrow might be a day for building a snowman out of the rapidly melting snow and to go for a walk in the park.

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