Normally I avoid any outdoor activities during the winter because it's simply too miserable. The extra clothes, freezing skin, black slush everywhere, lots of unintentional "ice skating", it's just really not all worth the payoff of a little outdoor fun.
But this weekend, we ventured out for a wonderful walk through the park. And it was great! The entire park was blissfully quiet from the snow's dampening effect (we still have several inches), lots of sledding and snow-football activities, many converging tracks from cross-country skiers, explorers, and even from sleds, and an overall beautiful glow from the sun.
What a great winter refresher.