Is winter travel worth it? I ask myself this question every time I say YES to a winter holiday in December. When winter is upon me, I retreat to lazy and cozy mode. I am one of those people who feels the cold relatively more than the next person. But I am also that person who gets inspired to hike in a winter wonderland. So you see my dilemma!
I found myself in this situation once again this December as we braced the frigid cold in upstate New York and Vermont. These were new places I wanted to visit in the US and they were absolutely beautiful even in winters. But it was COLD. It was cold not just by my standards. At one point in Lake Placid, New York; it was cold in a way I have never experienced. We were standing on a frozen lake waiting to get tickets for dog sledding and we couldn’t feel our toes and fingers. It had only been a minute outside but it was so cold that I could feel the chill pass through my fleece lined gloves. At moments like this, I ask myself – “Why am I here? …Never again.” It is funny how quickly our minds change when adversity strikes right? To be fair our timing was the worst to visit the East Coast. Mind you this was just days before the current winter storm affecting the East Coast. We were told by locals that it is never this cold in December and that we were brave enough to venture outside. And that we did. Despite the subzero temperatures, we went on a hike which looked like Narnia. The stunning Ausable Chasm looked even prettier under a sheet of snow. It was the highlight of my trip.
I know this post seems to mostly ward off winter travel. I know it comes with a lot inconvenience but it also very magical. After this trip, I have a new found appreciation for the sun and the power of my body to embrace cold for the love of travel.
Lake House Rental on Lake Champlain
Ausable Chasm, New York
Lake Placid, New York