Brrrrrrr….. Thus far this winter we have been both colder and dryer than average here in Southeastern Wisconsin. That hasn’t bothered me much. I never spend a lot of time outdoors in winter. (Well, not since I stopped flatbedding – cuz then I had to tarp most of my loads and that involved a couple hours in the cold no matter how warm or frigid it might be) We get out to do our chores; when the weather is into the 30’s and 40’s we’ll take a walk outdoors, but most of our walking happens at the mall or while we are running errands.
Not everyone in Wisconsin is like minded. We did get over to Bong State Recreation Area some time ago and there are people ice fishing all over the lake.
When I was younger and before my hands were badly frostbitten we did a lot more outdoors in the cold. Milwaukee used to provide wonderful iced toboggan slides. The accompanying photo of one at Whitnal Park — the place we most often went — will give you an idea. Going downhill was always fun; climbing back uphill not quite so much; and standing in line waiting for your next turn could be absolutely ear-numbing!
I guess you have to like fishing a lot to want to go ice fishing. I haven’t dunked a line in the lake since I was… maybe… 12. At Mauthe Lake, on a clear summer’s day, with my dad back at the campsite waiting for my selection of panfish that he hoped were going to be our lunch.
Some years ago while we were still RV’ing we saw some ice fishing trailers and were quite astonished. I can’t imagine sitting in a cold tent, or a little portable shed, much less spending thousands and thousands of dollars to buy a specially constructed trailer that will raise up it’s wheels so the base sits directly on the ice, and pre-manufactured holes in the floor for your fishing line to go through — but people do.
The same day we saw the ice fishermen we also saw a guy with his (possibly brand new) quad — taking pictures of it. There’s not enough snow for snowmobiling, so I guess the next best thing is to roar around on a quad pretending that there’s a lot of snow. It seems that modern day outdoorsmen can’t do anything without an expensive tool or equipment.
As for me, I’m happy with activities that I can do any time of year, and often indoors. I may not be as physically active but I still have a good time and I don’t get frostbitten.