Let’s face it, if you live in the Upper Peninsula, winter can be hard in many ways. Spending more time outside is a great way to get exercise, clear your head, boost your mood, and fight seasonal depression.
Now, if you don’t love to ski, never fear! There are many other things to do outside- not that skiing isn’t great of course.
- Snowshoeing. If you like to walk or run in the warm months, snowshoeing could be for you! It is very inexpensive, all you need being a sturdy pair of winter boots and some snowshoes. There are many beautiful places to snowshoe in the Upper Peninsula, the Gratiot Lake Overlook is a great way to start snowshoeing, as it is a manageable 1.4 mile hike. Swedetown Trails also offers some fun, marked snowshoeing opportunities as well, and is very user friendly.
2. Sledding. Although it may sound childish, sledding is a great way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, especially if you have kids! Get together with some friends at the Swedetown Sledding Hill, and you’re guaranteed to have a blast while getting in a great workout too.
3. Sunset chasing. While it sounds like a stationary activity, watching sunsets still gets you in the fresh air to enjoy the great outdoors, and that’s what really counts. Grab some friends and head to the nearest beach or open area with a good view of the horizon- you’ll be glad you did. Some of our favorite places to catch a sunset are: Calumet Waterworks, Houghton Breakers Township Park, & McLain State Park Beach .
So what are you waiting for? Let’s go outside.