Two words jokingly muttered when one asks another what one does in Wisconsin to shorten the gray days of winter.
Truth be told, a Friday night fish fry and cocktail in the presence of a crackling fire place is most certainly a divine way to spend a chilly Wisconsin evening in January, but it is by no means the only way to beat winter.
The state of Wisconsin offers a variety of winter activities - both indoors and out - that are great for blowing off steam, and appeasing younger family members.
Below is a short list of ideas for you to use as inspiration to win winter...a season that has defeated me in year's past, but never again I vow.
- The Petit National Ice Center in West Allis offers a 443 meter indoor walking/running track, public ice for skating, youth and adult hockey leagues and more.
- Ever try curling? The Wauwatosa Curling Club has been in business since 1921. Curling is a great way to learn a new sport in a relaxed setting. Join a league or book a corporate outing...either way, you're likely to become addicted.
- If you'd prefer actually being outside in the elements, you might like skiing and/or tubing at Sunburst in Kewaskum, or Cascade Mountain in Portage.
- Maybe take a long weekend trip to the U-P and visit breathtaking Whitecap Mountains in tiny, Upson, WI.
- Wisconsin also offers useful terrain for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow-shoeing.
- If warmth is what you seek when the temperature is hovering around zero, think summer thoughts at the indoor water park at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.
- And if you think 5K's and other fun-runs of varying length are absent in winter, think again. Check out this list.
Winter can be relentless - but we chose to live in Wisconsin, so why not find a way or ways to combat the cold? The above list is nothing more than a list of thought-starters for you. What fits your profile the best? What would the family enjoy most?
Whatever fits best into your bag, be proactive and take winter head-on.
You got this.