Let it Snow


Photo by Unsplash artist David Creixell Mediante

“Oh the weather outside is frightful…”

If you’re from Iowa right now, or most of the country between the months of November and March, you’ll be able to relate to the song “Let it Snow.” The 5 inches we got over the course of today reminded me of all the fun things I used to do in the snow as a kid (and an adult.) I realized how many adventures are possible in the snow.

So, in honor of the first snow of the year for Des Moines, here are some good snow-themed adventures for you guys.

  1. Sledding – I’ve learned that you don’t actually need a sled to enjoy flying down a snowy hill. Cardboard boxes or even just your pants will work for getting from point A (the top of the hill) to point B (the bottom.) But if you have a sled, even better.
  2. Create something – Snowmen are so last year. Instead, spend the day making something crazy like an igloo. Then, when you’re all done, make some hot cocoa to enjoy inside your creation.
  3. Sports – Any sport is made ten times more fun when it’s done with the added difficulty of snow. Football, soccer, frisbee, rhythmic gymnastics… they all become more exciting when it’s hard to move without face planting.
  4. Driving – I don’t know about you, but I hate driving in the snow. I’m the one going 40 on the interstate when it’s barely snowing. Despite my detestation for winter driving, it poses the opportunity to make your boring commute more interesting. It’s kind of like going back to the time when you were a new driver and discovering the roads for the first time.
  5. Exploring – You don’t need a winter wonderland-esque forest to explore. Unlike normally, a fresh blanket of snow can transform a boring backyard into something that has yet to be unearthed. There’s a sense of discovery that comes from being the first person to make tracks in the snow.

After you’re all done and you come inside, dragging snow throughout the house and shedding layers as you go, the best thing to do is curl up under a warm blanket with a hot cup of cocoa. Enjoy the moment while it lasts, because give it a week before we’re all sick of snow and ready for spring.


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