I have very fond memories of my rugged child-self — without getting too political, think toe-headed four-year-old in rural Vermont with a fervor for adventure meets Merriweather Lewis. From a young age (and yes, I’m constantly reminded of this), I was opinionated, determined and somewhat of a nut for adventure and adrenaline. There weren’t many options for entertainment in my hometown, so naturally I took to the outdoors. In the summer I’d climb trees, bike, make forts in our lush flower gardens, and swim in all of the ponds and rivers I could find. In the winter, I became a snow child. If I wasn’t sledding or making snow angels, I was sure to be leading a one girl (and one dog) expedition through the dense forests around our home. I didn’t mind being alone in nature, in fact I didn’t have a care in the world. Snow was such a treasure I don’t remember even once being cold.
Snowfall is still something I look forward to; it always evokes a sense of comfort and a yearning to go play. Cold weather, well that’s another story. And cold weather without the perfect winter parka, now that’s an affliction I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Last year I wrote a similar post on my favorite winter parkas, and here we have a new and improved version.
9. Moose Knuckles “Stirling”
Quality parkas can get pricy, but ensuring warmth and comfort through the coldest winter months is worth the investment.