Christmas is over and the holiday season is nearing its end. Pretty soon the festive lights and glistening decorations will be stripped from the lampposts and all we’ll be left with is dirty cars and muddy snow.
But, then again, who says we can’t still enjoy winter at the edge of the fiscal cliff and and with milk prices costing more than gas just around the corner? Winter was always the best time of year for me as a kid because even when things were tough, snow play was fun and FREE. Forts, fights, and freestyle sledding, there was always something to look forward to each brisk January morning.
Tapping into my inner child today, I slipped into my new Christmas present, Under Armour Cold Gear, and took a little bike ride down to Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith, Indiana. Never having worn Under Armour before, I thought the idea of a skin tight shirt and pants to be a bit unsettling, however, what unsettled me even more, was how comfortable I felt in such revealing clothes… Fortunately enough for the public, I took the precaution of also adding shorts and a jacket over my spandex cacoon.
Normally my favorite place to visit in autumn for brilliant-colored foliage, Oak Ridge Prairie proved to be just as beautiful encased in sparkling jewels of white snow. It brought back fond memories of long nature walks around the preserve, pretending I was touring Jurassic Park and stupid sledding hill stunts that always managed to land me into a frozen creek. Unfortunately, not enough snow had accumulated today to permit fun activities like sledding and cross-country skiing, but that didn’t stop the locals from cruising around the park in their automobiles, enjoying the enchanting winter wonderland in the warmth of their cars. There were a few walkers braving the cold in their triple layered, plush armor, and two canine enthusiasts letting their three black labs run themselves silly on a veritable icy treadmill, but other than that, I felt like the only one foolish enough to venture out on bike.
Though I was quite impressed at the level of insulation the Under Armour provided, I learned that there are other extremities involved in biking that need protection, mainly my hands and feet. While I didn’t lose any fingers or toes this time around, I think it’s time to pull out the gift cards so my next adventure will include a nice pair of socks and gloves.
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