If you’re anything like me, you dread winter. It feels like eternal darkness and cold— like summer was a time we just imagined. Seasonal depression is a real problem that affects many people; however, there are plenty of ways to perk up this winter. Here are just a few.
Pick up a winter sport.
Winter can be a downer, but the best way to combat the blues is to get up and moving. If you've never tried skiing or snowboarding, now is the time! We are lucky enough to have tons of excellent slopes in our state. There are plenty of other ways to have fun outside this season, too...
Embrace the cold and go ice fishing.
Most people have gone fishing at some point in their lives, but fewer have tried ice fishing. Trust the ice not to crack beneath you, and see what you can pull up from the cold depths.
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Learn how to dogsled.
You don't have to travel to Alaska to try this activity, which you may have only seen in storybooks and in movies. (Balto, anyone?) Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours, located at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos, runs hour long tours, during which you learn how to dogsled and get to enjoy the gorgeous wintery scenery.
Try your hand at ice luge at Blue Mountains Winter Fest from January 30-31.
The USA Olympic Luge team will be at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton during Winter Fest to recruit athletes for the 2016 team. Whether you think you have a shot at making the team, or you just want to try a fun sport, this should be a memorable experience. There will be other events, such as showshoeing, ice carvers, live music, and fireworks.
Perfect your personal hot chocolate recipe.
This is a vital life skill— one that requires cold, blustery weather to perfect. There are plenty of ways to make great hot chocolate, but I think the best is the kind you make from scratch.
Take a date or some friends ice skating at Penn's Landing.
What better place to celebrate winter than the historic Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. The outdoor ice skating rink here is festively decorated and full of cheer all winter long.
Or, instead of ice skating yourself, go watch a hockey game.
Go Pens! ... Or Flyers!
Admire the ice sculptures at Ligonier's Ice Fest, from January 23-24.
Over 50 ice sculptures will grace the town of Ligonier during the Ice Fest. You will even be able to see some of them being created.
Take refuge from the cold in a museum.
Pennsylvania is home to a bunch of great museums, if being outside is just not something you can think about. From the Art Museum and the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, to the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh... You'll have a tough time making up your mind.
Celebrate Groundhog Day at the source.
The famous Punxsutawney Phil predicts the oncoming spring every year at Gobbler's Knob. Bundle up and join in the festivities that surround this clairvoyant rodent...
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