“If the temperature is less than my age, I don’t get out of bed.”
Over the weekend parts of Massachusetts received more than a foot of snow. Then early this week our temperatures were in the single digits. One degree. Three degrees. I went into hibernation mode. I never sat anywhere without a fleece covering, just wishing I could feel WARM. Even lying in bed I wished that I could feel like I was not continually on the verge of shivering!
It is times like these that best motivate us to seek out warmer places, to just relax all the muscles and absorb the sunshine!
Philosophies differ about when is the optimum time to seek relief from the cold. Some people like to get one more warm trip before the worst of the cold sets in. Traveling before Christmas makes sense economically as the warm weather spots have plenty of space and good airfares are available. These people are storing up the warmth in their bodies and souls to look back on when the temperatures drop.
Others prefer to vacation in southern latitudes when winter is partially gone. That way they have developed an appreciation for what they are leaving behind. They know very well why they are going! The problem with that is that when they return they still have that much (or more) cold weather still to endure before they can relax into spring at home.
My preference is to arrange a warming getaway near the end of winter. That way I have something to look forward to during the worst times. (Just three more weeks until I can relax like a cat in the sun!) Then when I return I feel like I am bringing spring home with me. Certainly there are ups and downs in the weather as it actually develops, regardless of when the weather USUALLY starts to improve. But we can only plan according to typical climate trends, not daily weather forecasts. But the length of the days IS predictable and reliable. Having sun for more hours each day truly makes a difference for me.
It is probably clear that I am not a fan of really cold weather. I appreciate seasonal variety – in moderation! A friend who grew up in North Dakota told me yesterday that walking home one recent cold night she realized that she really likes the cold. That is the way January is supposed to be in her experience. (I grew up in central Illinois where winters can be reliably cold, too, but that has not stayed with me as a preference.)
How are you with extreme cold?
If you, like me, prefer to thaw out and relax in the sun as an antidote to shivering frequently, I will be happy to help you plan some time away (early, middle or late in the winter). Think about it – and call me. I will be here near the phone and the fireplace with my fleece — and my imagination!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
12 January 2017