5 After 5, Favorite Winter Activities

Have you already had enough of winter and all the extra work that goes along with it?

We don't really get winter around here, but there are still certain things I enjoy and associate with the season...

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to enjoy winter and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 of your favorite winter activities

Even though practically none of these can be done around these parts, there's always the chance of traveling someplace that actually has winter. These are my favorites:

1.  Ice Skating

Seeing as how my world has revolved around this sport for approximately 99.9% of my life, it's a pretty obvious choice for this list.

My favorite way to skate? In a rink all alone, with only a few lights on and a great list of tunes playing over the speakers (this song and this one move me like no other out there on the ice!)

And although I've only skated on true ice once before in my life, it would be a dream to recreate this entire scenario:

And I've got this on my bucket list, as well.

2.  Traveling

I hiked 2.5 miles from the farm I stayed at to this incredible site in the snow - talk about experiencing a fairy tale first-hand!

Okay, it doesn't need to be winter for me to want to do this activity, but there is something absolutely magical about traveling to new destinations at winter time.

3.  Camping

There's not much cooler than waking up to a cozy white blanket outside your tent in the morning!

It is no fun camping in the oppressive heat of Florida in the summer, so of course I have to go to the other extreme and look for opportunities to camp in the snow.

This isn't anything too chilly, though. I like it just snowy enough to make the tent all warm and cozy, but still be able to fix food (and make a bathroom run!) without turning into a human icicle.

4.  Hiking

There is something so magical abut hiking in the snow - and nothing beats setting out on a hike and having it start snowing along the way and then getting to see everything beautifully dusted and be the first person to leave footprints on a path.

My favorite memory of this happening? On the Pilot Cove Trail in Pisgah National Forest, with my dad!

5.  Tubing

I've never been skiing (although I want to someday - it's supposedly simple for an ice skater to do), but I did go tubing once and it was an absolute blast!

For next week:

List 5 things to do at the state fair

I'm sure no one else has a state fair going on at this time of the year, but ours is gearing up and since it's such a big tradition with us, I figured I'd share some of our favorite things to do there.

And now, here's this week's link party!  Another fabulous blogger has teamed up with me to create a list of five each week and we hope that you'll join us, too!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow both of the hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

Your Hosts:

Lisa, at Syncopated MamaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Bloglovin'
Samantha, at Motivated DaysTwitter // Pinterest // Google+ 

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