Winter brings cool breezes, pumpkin spiced everything, and—for us here on the West Coast—rain. We get spoiled in the summer months with sunny days, no humidity, and that beautiful sea-breeze, and as soon as the rain hits, the local trails become a lot less travelled, and a lot more muddy. That isn’t a bad thing. It only means we have to be more prepared.
Here are four tips about how to enjoy the great outdoors in the less-than-great weather:
It’s been said that you should never judge someone for what they say when they’re wearing a wet pair of shoes. It can be miserable to walk around in soggy, cold clothes, but you don’t have to go on an expensive gear shopping spree to enjoy the outdoors in wet weather. You probably have some great clothing hiding in your closet! Certain fabrics such as cotton or denim can be a nightmare when they get wet; they take a long time to dry, and you can feel the moisture through them.
Other fabrics, such as wool or fleece are great for wet weather! That ugly sweater that Grandma gave you for Christmas? Perfect for a rainy day on the trail. Those weirdly tall wool socks that your uncle keeps insisting are the ultimate work-wear? They’ll keep your feet warm even if they’re wet. Fleece and wool are great fabrics for outdoor activities because they keep you warm even if you get wet (and you can tell Grandma that you wear that sweater she knit you all the time!). Pair them with a rain jacket and boots and you are ready to explore!