Humans were not meant to hibernate

Coming shortly after Rogers Center's Winter Living Celebration will be two of our area's highly popular winter events. The NYS Crappie Derby at Whitney Point Lake, followed by the Oxford Lions Club's Perch Derby at Chenango Lake. Events such as these help motivate people to escape the mental lockup that's often referred to as “cabin fever” and to get outdoors in the fresh winter air.

Sometimes we get a mental block at this time of the year and the thought of bundling up and facing those cold temperatures is sufficient to keep us in a nearly hibernating mental state. I'm often amused that once people dress sufficiently warm and venture out, they discover they can actually enjoy being outside in what the National Weather Service calls the “Dead of Winter” period, which is January 4 to February 4.

One doesn't necessarily have to be an ice fisherman, skier or other popular wintertime enthusiast to leave that stale indoor air behind. Just being outdoors, walking and enjoying all the sights and sounds that go with organized winter events can be refreshing in itself. You don't have to turn the outing into a marathon event by staying out most of the day, but just spend whatever time you feel comfortable and not feel any unpleasant chill. Of course there will be some days that the temperature and wind chills will be worse than others, and you'll want to limit the time you spend outdoors. Conversely, there'll be others that are comfortably moderate to be out for longer periods.

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