How lucky are we to live next to Lake Superior? It offers its playground, science classroom, workout studio, and therapy sessions 365 days a year. Winter is an especially magical time to explore its shore.
Recently, after a fresh snowfall, the kids and I headed to Brighton Beach. It was a day when we were in a family funk. I was crabby and Daley was cranky.
We needed to get outdoors.
We parked at the far end and took the trail through the woods. After reaching the first major outcropping by the lake, we didn’t move more than 20 feet for 2 hours.
Daley immediately recognized that the snow was good for making snowballs, which were turned into miniature snowpeople. The kids enjoyed looking in the woods for broken sticks for arms, tansy for eyes, and ferns, leaves, and twigs for hair.
Time just slipped away as we played with the snowpeople…
threw sticks in the slushy lake…
slid down the icy boulders…
and practiced the sun salutation along the wintry shore (Daley being the yogi).
Here’s a video of these activities (I love when Finley spontaneously kisses one of the snowpeople while serenading the group).
We went home happy after the calming effect of the lake, coupled with the fresh air, snow play, and, of course, mugs of hot cocoa.
Thank you, Lake Superior!
Where do you go outdoors to lift your spirits? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!