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:
- Wear water-proof shoes or boots with fairly good treads unless slipping around on sidewalks and streets is something you fancy.
- Also, walk in shorter strides.
- Multiple thin layers are better than one thick coat.
- Beware of yellow snow. It is not a spilled lemonade slurpee.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep a travel Kleenex pack in your jacket pocket.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you are walking through public parks, be mindful of dog poop.
- Do not walk past fresh snow without making a snow angel. (Please refer to #4 and #11.)
- Have fun. Be silly.
- Have a snowball fight, preferably with someone you know.
I know, I know. This advice just saved your life. You're welcome.