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Five things to do to survive freakishly cold weather
I attended college in Maine to experience the extreme. Call me crazy, but I chose Maine because I actually hoped my eyes would freeze shut. I thought the weather would keep me inside so that I could study like the nerd that I was. I didn't anticipate, however, the awfully fun, spontaneous experiences I would have.
- Tubing/Sledding: Twas past midnight in college, and I remember distinctly walking back to my dorm after a long night of studying in the library (I told you I was a nerd). I heard an ecstatic squeal coming from the chapel hill. Amid the curtain of snow I witnessed the most ironic sight: my two neighbors wearing their bathing suits, winter boots and ear mufflers careening down the hill in an inflatable tube.
- Ice fishing/Smelting: This is a guy kind of thing, but girls can enjoy this too. Rent a little shack on the water, cut out a hole in the ice, and fish your blues away. It's not as cold as you think. There's a little wood stove to provide you with heat, and you can even bed down for the night if you so please.
- Hiking/Cross-country skiing: The barren, icy woods are so calm and beautiful when it's cold out. There's no one on the streets. Once your body warms up, you can enjoy your own private winter wonderland.
- Hot chocolate &/or apple cider: Mmmmm... need I say more?
- Volunteer: Shelters need extra help especially when the weather is cold and the power is out. Take some time to lend a hand for an hour or two at your local emergency or homeless shelter.
Enjoy the cold! You only live once.