It's Cold. So What?


For much of the last week, temperatures here in Minneapolis have been at or below zero. To most people, this is probably nigh unbearable, but here's my little secret. I kinda like it. Not a secret anymore, I suppose.

I don't want it to be this cold forever or even for a particularly long stretch, But I do enjoy a few days of it every winter because there's one pretty good thing that generally comes with such desperately cold temperatures, and it makes it worthwhile for me.


The coldest days of the year are often very sunny, and with the right stuff on, I actually quite like being out for at least a short walk when it gets like this. It's a tradeoff I'm willing to make for, say, 7-14 days a year before I get sick of it.

So Fresh and So Clean

Now that I'm working part-time downtown again, coupled with the fact that I walk pretty much everywhere anyway, I've been out in it every day. I love how crisp and fresh the air is. I love how it wakes me up. For five to fifteen minutes at a time, it's invigorating.

Temperatures are starting to swing up again, heading toward a relatively warm 34 degrees by Sunday. I'm not going to complain about that, but then I try not to complain about winter in general.

Winter gets picked on a lot, and I think it's often unfair. You may not like going for walks when it's ten below, but I'd love to see more people embrace the season instead of just griping about it. I get it. It's cold. It's winter. That's what it does.

But there's a lot you can do in winter if you give it a chance. Rent some snowshoes. Go for a hike. If you live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and you're looking for suggestions, here's where you can find some info on a great–some might say THE GREATEST–resource for Twin Cities hikes.

Oh yeah! That hiking book I co-wrote with Joe Baur is totally up for preorder now at that link. How sneaky of me to slide that in right at the end!