Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A City Girl's Guide to Visiting the Snow

When I was 18, my boyfriend called me high maintenance, because I wore make-up (and he was terrible with words, obviously).  To understand why this statement is ludicrous, you should know that when I was 18, my make-up consisted of three things: powder, concealer, and mascara.  I guess I can't blame him.  He doesn't have sisters, and his mom is as adventurous and outdoorsy as they come.  Needless to say, every time this avid skier and camper took me home to North Lake Tahoe, CA, during college, I got an outdoors education.  We camped with no tent.  I learned to ski.  We hiked around Emerald Bay.  We jumped off a boat in the middle of the lake and swam back to his house on the shore.  (Come to think of it, this totally sounds like a chick flick.)  You'd have to ask him to get the final word, but I think this city girl held her own pretty well out there.

While I was in Leavenworth, I thought about all the funny advice I would give to other city girls who have never visited the snow.  Not city snow--real mountain snow.  So here it is:

  1. Wear water-proof shoes or boots with fairly good treads unless slipping around on sidewalks and streets is something you fancy.
  2. Also, walk in shorter strides.
  3. Multiple thin layers are better than one thick coat.
  4. Beware of yellow snow.  It is not a spilled lemonade slurpee.
  5. Don't waste your time trying to style your hair perfectly in the morning.  Hoods, hats, and scarves will mess it up, so just do whatever is easiest.
  6. If you can pack your essentials like ID, credit card, lip balm, and cell phone in your jacket pockets, ditch the purse.  It will become a nuisance, especially when you want to play in the snow.
  7. Keep a travel Kleenex pack in your jacket pocket.
  8. If you are visiting with the love of your life, don't expect to hold hands while walking around in 20-degree weather.  Your fingers will be cold, and you'll want them in your pockets instead.  No one's feelings will be hurt, because he/she will probably want to do the same thing.
  9. Don't walk onto frozen lakes unless you know without a doubt that you're with a George Bailey, and even then, I strongly advise against it.
  10. Consume endless amounts of hot cocoa and comfort food and be glad that you can wear a jacket all the time to hide your ever-growing belly.
  11. Pack simply.  All you need for day-time clothes are leggings, tank tops, pants/jeans, long-sleeved shirts, scarves, water-proof jacket, thick socks, boots.
  12. If you are walking through public parks, be mindful of dog poop.
  13. Do not walk past fresh snow without making a snow angel.  (Please refer to #4 and #11.)
  14. Have fun.  Be silly.  
  15. Have a snowball fight, preferably with someone you know.

I know, I know.  This advice just saved your life.  You're welcome.


Kara said...

Having lived in snow my entire life I find your tips to be right on! Good work!


Courtney said...

This makes me want to go to the snow!

Jenn said...

Ha - don't eat yellow snow! I love it.

Unknown said...

This is too funny...I guess that according to his standards, I'd be really high maintenance! I'm just not an outdoorsy kind of girl. Like, you know those eCards where it says "I like the outdoors in that I like getting drunk on patios"? Or something like that...well, that's me. I know, I'm rambling, but seriously. This post made me laugh. I love the snow, in very, very short bursts. Thanks for sharing this though...good to know I'm not the only one who needs as much help as she can get!

Leah said...

i totally agree. i packed all cute outfits and ended up wearing jeans with leggins underneath and sweaters. no need to look cute when you're freezing. and oh my gosh lesson learned on waterproof boots as a must. luckily nobody in my brood got frostbite!

Jess said...

Well I guess now I HAVE to go see snow, since I have a list of guidelines to follow ;)

And just a little side note: you are probably the least high maintenance person I know. Yep. FACT.


Heidi said...

This totally cracked me up! I lived in Syracuse, New York, the snow capital of the country while I was in college and I can definitely attest to the fact that your advice seems to be spot on! :)

Kristen Victoria said...

baha! Yeah - I've been living in mountain snow here in UT for 7 years now and I'm still girly to the bone. Then again, I seem to avoid snow at all costs, so there's that..

Betsy Transatlantically said...

I'm sorry, camping with no tent? I don't understand.

Whitney said...

Oh, #15.... my regards go out to the poor lady who got caught in the middle of our snowball fight in DC... Oops! haha.

Michelle said...

Yes, all of this is true!!

When you were visiting your boyfriend in Tahoe, I was probably still living 20 minutes away!!! GAHH!!!!!

Tiara | a Happy Healthy Home said...

Coming from a city girl who now lives in the mountains.... you nailed the list.