Whenever anyone asks me what I am up to over the weekend, I usually respond vaguely saying that I will be outside. And it’s true. I look for any chance to breathe fresh air and have an outside adventure, whether I travel to a favorite park or make my way into the backyard.
Winter does bring a more challenging environment for being outside. That’s why we love the simplicity of getting out in the backyard around a small campfire. Okay, some of our campfire’s are smaller than others, but always done safely in our fire pit!
I know you are thinking it’s cold in the winter. Yes, you will need to bundle up depending on how cold it is, but the fire will help keep you warm. It does not take much planning and is easy to put out when you are ready to go inside. Dogs and kids get outside to run and play. Adults too of course! Everyone can sip on a favorite beverage, play in the snow, and on a clear night gaze up at the moon and stars.
Here are a couple of tips:
- Bundle up, but wear layers. You will be surprised how warm it can get once the fire gets started.
- Make a warm beverage to drink. Sipping tea, coffee, or hot chocolate not only tastes good but also helps keep your hands warm (and belly happy).
- Gather paper to get the fire started quickly. A small cardboard box or the weekend paper works well.
- Dry wood is key. We have used wood gathered and stored under cover since fall and on special occasions a wood pallet. Unlike summer, picking up fallen branches and twigs is not recommended since they are likely to be wet or frozen.
- Bring a sense of adventure. This is a great time to make a snowman, play a game, or look up at the stars.