When I found out that the groundhog seeing his shadow didn’t really mean anything, I was honestly devastated. Because to young me, whether or not a small mammal saw his shadow on a random day in February scientifically explained the weather patterns for the next two months. It just did. I was always excited at the possibility of winter ending early and for the arrival of warmer weather.
(And if any of you were wondering, he said spring would come early this year)
Sure, winter is not my favorite, but in the meantime there’s still tons of stuff to do outside, no matter where you are.
For example, over winter break, I went to New York with my family. I know, you’re thinking “wait that’s a city what that’s the opposite of outdoors!!???”. Yes, lots of things we did there were inside large buildings or museums with fancy names. But I look back and I realize that so much of that trip was spent outside: walking (subway “costs too much” right uhuh), waiting in line, waiting in more lines, eating, window shopping, ice skating, on a boat, etc. We even ran a race on New Year’s Eve on midnight. Outside. And those were my favorite memories. This is a picture of NY at night I took when we were walking to the Rockefeller center
And this is NY from the plane as we were taking off.
Unlike cities like New York, the great thing about Asheville is that it has so many things outside, even in the winter. For example, there are countless hiking trails: Just get on Mountains to Sea Trail, Appalachian Trail, or go check out Pisgah forest or the Asheville Arboretum. All of these places have hikes that range in difficulty level.
One of my favorites, even though it’s a little past Asheville, is Max Patch, which is on the Appalachian trail. The view never changes, no matter the season.
The Blue Ridge parkway is also a popular place to drive or hike during the winter months. The only downfall is that the parkway closes to cars during dangerous weather. But if you happen to have time on a nicer day, the views are worth the drive.
So really the point of this is, first of all, that winter isn’t always the best. I hate the cold and ice as much as the next person. But the temperature outside shouldn’t limit your ability to be able to go outdoors and have fun and neither should your location. So my advice to y’all is to take advantage of where you are and do something outside for the winter before spring comes. (and it’s supposed to come early!) These destinations are a few of some of my favorite close- by places to go during the winter, but there are so many more for you guys to find for yourselves. So have fun adventuring!