For those who don’t partake in outdoor activities in winter, the short and cold days can cause so-called “cabin fever” where people isolate themselves inside their homes and start feeling depressed about their situation. In my February column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen, I discuss the phenomenon and how it can be combated, at least in part, by getting outside and enjoying some of the simpler winter activities that are not hard to learn.
Specifically, I look at cross-country skiing, tracking and ice fishing. Another activity that helps chase the winter blues is planning for the upcoming warm seasons: figuring out where you want to go and what you want to do next spring, summer and fall. As well, the winter is good time to check out your equipment and make sure it is in good working order. Many repair services appreciate the business, and you have less things to do when the new season begins.
So, what’s wrong with that?