3 Outdoor Adventures to Kick off the New Year

Forget your same old same old resolutions and make 2018 your year of adventure. Adopt an adventurous mindset this year because the possibilities for finding new adventures and making new memories really are endless. However, the colder weather around this time of the new year can make it hard to find activities to do with the whole family that gets everyone out of the house and moving around. But if your family is anything like ours, staying active is a necessity no matter what the weather is doing outside. And a little cold weather never hurt anyone anyways. Plus, there’s nothing like starting a brand new year with some family-oriented adventures. Here are 3 ideas for outdoor adventures for your family this new year.

Take the family snow skiing

Let’s start with one of our family’s favorite pastimes. Skiing is at the top of the list when it comes to activities that come to mind when thinking of wintertime adventures. And for good reason. Skiing is the perfect family bonding activity because it’s suitable for any age and provides a constant challenge. Not to mention, skiing is one of the best and most fun workouts out there. Trust us on this one––if you can take your family skiing this year, it will be an adventure you’ll never forget.

Play a game of flag football

Sure it may be a little chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop a good old-fashioned game of flag football. Instead of staying inside 24/7 and catching cabin fever, throw on a coat and pick your teams. Before you know it, you’ll forget how cold it is outside anyways.  Plus, a little healthy competition may be exactly what your family needs after all.

Find a nice wintertime hike

Hitting the trails during the winter may not be the first thing you think of when brainstorming some family-centered wintertime activities. However, if you’re prepared, a wintertime hike make for some of the most beautiful sights. There are few views more magical than a forest frosted in snow. So bundle up and head out into the great outdoors for a beautiful, snowy view and a wintertime adventure that’s hard to beat.

The weather may be a bit nippy this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it should stop your family from staying active and making memories the best way you know how. Try these 3 outdoor adventures to kick off the new year.

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Ode to My Old Hiking Boots

“Take a hike,” they said, snidely. But you and I knew the truth: taking a hike was exactly what we always wanted to do.

To my dearest companions, my old hiking boots, I now dedicate this brief ode to you and our shared adventures over the years.

My wife tells me it’s time to pack you up, send you on to a better home, and find a new, stiff pair to replace you. After weeks and months of back-and-forth, I am sorry to say that I have relented. Don’t worry, old pals; I’m sure you’ll wind up in whatever equivalent of heaven there is for faithful hiking boots.

For now, I would like to sing my praises for your laces. Your sturdy padding has held me together on many a long and rigorous hike. Your form-fitting insoles have cushioned my every trek, and each groove of your sole has grasped onto craggy rocks and trod through the thickest of mud without hesitation.

Thank you, old hiking boots, for never crying out in pain when I forced you to explore just two more miles during that already pretty extensive hike through the backwoods. It was always you that encouraged me to keep on keeping on, even when the going got rough. You were forever a sense of comfort in a vastly uncomfortable and unforgiving world.

You have never shied from the depths of the wilderness, and for that bravery, I am eternally grateful. Even in the moments when I was doubting myself, you were there to let me know I wasn’t alone in the world. My bare feet never had to know the harshness of the uneven terrain; your thick, rubber soles thanklessly did that mitigating job for me. That job is thankless no more. I need you to know, hiking boots, how ardently I admire you—to paraphrase the words of Mr. Darcy. You are my Elizabeth. Okay, maybe I won’t take my admiration that far, but suffice it to say that I am forever indebted to your service.

You’ve been the best of adventure companions, and through all of our journeys, our explorations, and our feats, I am glad to have had you all along the way. You will be missed, old hiking boots, but you will never be forgotten.

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