What to do when it's cold outside

Friday, January 22, 2010

Some of us trudge through a Washington winter as if we've been banished to a gulag and sentenced to four months of fleece and ugly footwear.

But if the mere mention of snow is enough to send us burrowing into our Snuggies, it also has a way of rousing another sort of person entirely: Call them winter warriors, those folks who somehow -- freakishly -- flourish when there's a nip in the air and powder under their feet.

They're the ones who launch a sports league in mid-January and welcome the New Year with an exhilarating dash into 30-degree waters. They plan getaways to rustic, snow-capped hills. And they know how to bask in winter's more universal pleasures: Is there a better time of year to savor a rich hot cocoa or hearty pot roast?

Want to know the secret to making it through January, February and March without a bad case of cabin fever? Just follow their tracks.

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Head to a cabin in the woods

Warm up with a hearty meal

Try a game of broomball

Plunge into chilly waters

Skate on the C& O Canal

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-- Lavanya Ramanathan

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