Although we just got dumped with 18″ of fresh powder yesterday, the planner that I am, is already thinking about what we call the “Shoulder Season” here in Northern Michigan. The “Shoulder Season” to Northern Michiganders is known as the season in between ski season and the warm weather of spring…aka rainy mud season! Most people that live in mountain towns can relate to the “in-between” season where the snow turns brown, everything is melting, the trails are wet and basically everything is wet and very muddy! The worst part about the shoulder season is that our dog Scout is always a muddy, wet, stinky mess!
Ski racing for our two boys is slowly coming to an end, and if we’re lucky we’ll still have another 3 weeks left of decent skiing up here. Typically, it’s still too wet and cold to mountain bike with our kiddos on the trails in March/April. Our boys are a bit too young for road biking and the paved bike trails are still heavily covered with snow. Soccer doesn’t really start up here till mid-April because it’s still too cold.
As a mom of two very active 7 and 9 year old boys I’m always looking for new ways to keep them active after school and on the weekends. Here are our activity options: afterschool indoor golf, swim lessons, and indoor tennis…other than that we are a bit limited. It’s nice to be outside on the sunny days even if it’s a bit chilly. This is a good time of year to travel and get out of dodge for spring break!
Any suggestions Midwestern residents? What do you do to keep your kids active during the shoulder season? I would appreciate any thoughts/feedback/suggestions.
As always, thank you!