Don’t let bad weather keep you from exploring and enjoying the outdoors. Contributor Magretha “Mo” Palepale writes about a recent snow storm that didn’t keep her indoors. Hike Like A Woman Locals is a great way to find friends to hike with, even if the weather is not sunny.

Last March winter storm Stella blew through the Mid-Atlantic with her ‘tantrum’. The news media had forecasted her as this unrelenting banshee of a storm that would wield her mighty snow queen staff and those that were in her way would be shown no mercy. Historic mountains of snow accumulation forecasted at a whopping 2 feet and more in some areas. Areas that were more accustomed to where a 6-inch accumulation was enough to shut the school systems down. So, what happened in Stella’s aftermath? Let’s just say Brando would not have been moved by this storm bearing the namesake of his beloved from ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

Stella came through, in most areas, like a lazy cougar rather than an enraged lioness. Schools, airports, and businesses had already called for a 2 day shut-down prior to her arrival. All because the news media hyped this storm up as the Nor’Easter of the year. Sure, the forecasters do the best they can, but attaching a bias to it is the same as believing you’ve already failed before you’ve even started.

Get outside

Take getting outdoors, for example. People love to go out on a sunny day because it’s easy. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and you get a chance to work on your tan. During the winter, it’s a lot more difficult to get out. The temps are cold, the skies are gray, and even the birds know better. Have you heard of the saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes”?

You see, we, as humans don’t have an excuse. There’s no excuse for us to NOT get out. We shouldn’t talk ourselves into failing before we’ve begun. Back to Stella, if the schools, airports, and businesses had actually waited to see what Stella would do, I doubt if the more southern part of the Mid-Atlantic would have even shut down. Resulting in less loss of inconvenience, less loss of commerce, and less desire to ‘just throw in the towel’.

HLAW Locals gets you out the door

That’s why I’m also thankful for outlets such Hike Like a Woman Locals. A new endeavor where HLAW members can meet the Ambassadors and go hiking with them. I assist in running the Hike Like A Woman Mid Atlantic Wanderers. Other outlets such as Adventure Some Women also exist for women that like to participate in other human powered activities.

Don’t misunderstand me, there were definitely some areas where the forecasters were correct in their foretelling of Stella’s arrival. However, it was a lukewarm reception for the most part, not resulting in the magnanimous arrival some were expecting. The point I’m trying to make here is that if we listen to the negative, whether that be weather forecasts or our own selves, we’ll be short selling our own lives.

If you don’t like solo hiking or aren’t sure how to begin hiking, joining groups such as these are an excellent way for you to challenge yourself. Why just live to exist? Why not live life to its fullest? Don’t automatically close your doors due to bad weather. Hypothetically speaking, go put some weather appropriate clothes on and challenge yourself. Without challenge, we don’t grow. It’s never too old to grow and learn new things from new people and new surroundings. Joining a group such as these could take you to places you never knew existed in your back yard.

So, check out this link for Hike Like a Woman Locals and see what’s in your area. What have you got to lose? On a positive note, what are all the things you could gain?

Much love and Aloha,

your, I love snow, clueless wanderer

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