Winter comes in various stages and our perceptions of winter are influenced through those stages. In December winter is alive and magical. Christmas lights and the holiday spirit has us out and about in the snow or cold temperatures. It is for many the best time of the winter season. The excitement of the season fueled with the holidays puts winter in a positive light. Once the holidays are over, the mood becomes a little different. We see the new opportunities of the year. As a photographer I get excited about getting out and taking photos of new scenes yet to be discovered. During this period of time the snow slows me down a little bit as it does with many others. I think there is this need to hunker down in our homes and just stay inside as the snow falls outside. By the time February rolls around, our thoughts start leaning to the spring season. We get especially anxious as we roll into March and the snow continues to fall.
The first few months of the year are what I call the Dog Days of Winter. Our moods are in a constant state of fluctuation. The excitement of winter that was there in December is gone and the winter season seems long and bleak. It has happened to me and I am sure it has happened to many others as well. There are certain things we can do to escape those winter blues. Here are a five suggestions to keep the winter months filled with happiness and with a positive outlook.
- Visit your local museums — There are often some offers to local museums during these months. Get out of the cold and enjoy what your local museums have to offer. The warmer weather will come soon enough, so enjoy fun activities focusing on the indoors.
- Ski Resorts — Ski season is sometimes short lived. If you are a winter sports enthusiast take advantage while you can. There are many great high end ski resorts in Michigan and some smaller ones that offer great winter fun.
- State Parks — Some of the State Parks in Michigan are a dream come true during the winter season. Hiking trails open up to cross country skiing. Other trails are open for foot traffic and great winter hiking. Muskegon State Park also has a winter sports complex for additional winter fun. Some of the State Parks along Lake Michigan offer great views of frozen lighthouses and an ever changing winter shoreline.
- Indoor Water parks — More and more we are seeing casino’s and resorts build indoor water parks to provide continued recreation around the season. There are quiet a few that have opened throughout Michigan. Check websites for possible deals during this time.
- Ice Skating — Several cities are offering outdoor skating rinks in the downtown districts. It is a great way to experience the fun of your local downtown district. It is a relatively cheap activity that is fun for the whole family.