Having Fun in the Snow

Letter from the Editor
Having Fun in the Snow

Well it's winter once again. Time for building snowmen, skiing, sled riding, and making angels. Building snowmen was my absolute favorite thing to do in the snow when I was a child. My brothers and I would each roll the snow into balls--one for the bottom, one for the middle, and one for the head. Then we'd decorate our snowman with black rocks, an old scarf, hat, and pair of mittens from the shed, and a long carrot.
Everyday we'd check to make sure our snowman was all right and we'd patch holes or dents that needed attention.
Now that I'm older my three children and I go out and make snowmen in the backyard.
Snow can definitely bring out the kid in all of us.
Traveling during the winter season isn't as popular than during the summer, but for outdoor winter sports enthusiasts...there's nothing better.
Now is the time to make some travel plans. A relaxing and/or exciting getaway need not take a week or two. You don't even have to travel far.
Consider taking a long weekend to a local bed and breakfast, campground, cabin or even to a hotel. Leave the cell phone off, if you can, avoid the temptation to turn on the TV and just get away from the "daily grind" long enough to bring your family closer together to enjoy some winter activities in a new location.
Try playing tourist in the next county. You just may be amazed at what you have missed in your own backyard. Be sure to see the sights--winter can be a unique and beautiful season. Take in the local flavor offered by local merchants.
Much of the fun of winter travel for the family is in the planning. Get all of the family involved in your winter getaway plans to ensure that there is something for everyone. Once you've made the plans and reservations, be sure to make the proper preparations for your trip. Check twice over all your winter travel gear, making sure to have the car packed for emergencies.
The memories you make on your getaway will keep your family warm through the rest of the winter.

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese, Managing Editor