This is 24th in a series of 50 posts we are putting out throughout the years in anticipation of the celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2015. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the top things YOU love about Minnesota as well!
So here it is, the secret to living in Minnesota. If you are new to Minnesota people might tell you this right away. Minnesotans pride themselves on being a hardy stock after all. Many of us like to emphasis how we embrace winter by finding ways to endure and possibly even enjoy the cold and snow. We even take common outdoor activities and add a MN twist like sledding, but on mattresses or golfing on frozen lake Minnetonka. We gather for huge ice fishing and hockey tournaments, fun runs, and cross country ski racing around the chain of lakes. We create fun with a city-wide treasure hunt for a prized medallion, build giant ice castles you can walk through, and have ice sculpting contests for adults and kids alike. We’ll do almost anything to make the most of winter. But the truth is many of us survive the seemingly unending bitter cold and snow by sneaking away for a warm weather get-away.
Whether it’s just packing the car with a group of friends and heading to Florida or finding the cheapest ticket you can get to a warm location for a long weekend, a warm escape is a “necessity” in the annual budget.
For kids growing up in Minnesota, the fondest vacation memories are often the giddy delight of getting on an airplane in a winter coat and getting off in a warm destination wearing shorts. Once that realization is made – that there is a warm sunny place just a few hours away by plane, it becomes a driving motivation in the winter months. Maybe it’s an every other year trip initially but soon any business trip to a warm local is extended to include a long weekend. Next, as soon as the school calendar is out you’re booking a Mexican resort during the kid’s winter break. At some point it no longer matters if the kids are on break, you need to go whenever you have the chance to get somewhere warm. Eventually the elders among us all out leave for the winter and return the spring. Ah, those lucky snow birds.
Maybe it’s a clinical vitamin D deficiency or a migratory instinct but for many of us there’s no denying it, we find ourselves finding whatever way we can squeeze in a winter escape. So there you have it. The honest truth. This is how we survive these long Minnesota winters. Don’t be ashamed, we admit it too -it sure feels good to thaw out! Even if it is just for a few days. So start saving and planning for that 2015 winter escape!