As Vol Fan and I were hiking yesterday, we were discussing how much we enjoy hiking in the winter. Many people shy away from the outdoors when it is cold or snowy. The only thing you need to enjoy the cold is the right gear. Yes, I know that I don't live in the great white North but the logic is still the same. Layered clothing with a wicking base layer, waterproof boots and Bingo! You've got yourself a great day on the trail.
There are many reasons that we enjoy winter hiking. You almost always have the trail to yourself so it is incredibly quiet. Just you, the birds, and the occasional whisper of wind. That quiet is wonderfully mind-clearing.
The second reason that we enjoy winter hiking is that the view is so different than in summer. The lack of leaves allows you to see so much more of your surroundings - whether it is a scenic view or wildlife spotting.
One of the biggest benefits of winter hiking - no bugs! :)
[On a side note, we have proof that spring is just around the corner in our neck of the woods. As we were hiking yesterday, I stepped on a snake. An itty-bitty, teeny-weeny snake but a snake none the less. So the winter hibernation is coming to an end!]