Getting Outside all year in the Pacific Northwest

Woman snowshoe jumping
My happy winter self

November is here and WE ARE HERE FOR IT! As we transition into the dark, wet months (November-February) it’s tempting to just go inside and watch Netflix for a few months (and there’s nothing wrong with spending more time cozied up inside-we do that too!), but the many benefits of getting outside such as improved mental health, lower blood pressure and improve your mood (read about it here and here) make it worth the effort to find outdoor adventures all year long. I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for several years and after living with winters which were stunningly beautiful but very, very cold (-56 degrees was the coldest it ever got while I was there), I vowed that if I ever moved home I would never again take mild winters for granted! This winter, follow along for my best advice on having fun while getting outside all year in the Pacific Northwest.

Last year, we covered some strategies for getting outside all winter, including learning new snow sports, including Olympic Sports, bringing hot food and drinks, how to find sun in the northwest and what to wear. This year, join me in committing to doing something outside for at least two miles once a week…that’s it! Of course, you can do more if you like! Follow Ordinary Adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Post your pictures on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #getoutallwinter to share your adventures and be inspired by others!

Each Wednesday I’ll be posting ideas for where to get outside to share some inspiration! I’ll aim for these to be appropriate to the coming weekend’s weather, and a variety of close to home, further away, playing in the snow and playing without snow. I’ll include hikes, walks, bike rides, snowshoe trips and cross country ski trips!

See you outside this winter!

Woman snowshoeing

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and presenting traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She believes in sharing her beloved Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.