Photo credit: Paxson Woelber
Each season poses it's own beauty and unique characteristics that make spending time outdoors renewing. There are days which are absolutely perfect - 60s and 70s and lots of sunlight, and then there are the more common days half of the year (at least in Montana) where it's somewhere between 40 and 50 degrees, accompanied with a good amount of precipitation in some form, it's usually a little dark and gloomy and it's definitely getting darker earlier. It's a hard time of year because you are getting ready to ski/snowboard as well as enjoy many other winter activities (sledding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing. etc.) so you don't want to get too out of shape and get your butt kicked when winter activities kick off. These are the days that I really rely on the wonderfulness of a good cup of coffee. It gives me that kick start that I need to get up and get outside, it provides me with warmth as I'm cold and wet hiking around and stop to rejuvenate myself with some black delight from my thermos and it's the extra boost that I crave when I'm finally ready to tackle the last little bit of my hike and bag that peak. It's all worth it when you're on top of a beautiful mountain with not a care in the world but without coffee, it would definitely be a little harder. Here's a toast, to fall - one of the most incredible seasons around the globe, that signifies the end of another warm, wonderful summer and the start of another snowy, white winter. Here's another toast, to a good cup of coffee - the fuel that we sometimes need to get off our lazy butts and get out adventuring even when the conditions are less than optimal. It's hard to convince yourself when you're laying in your warm bed that it's a good idea to get up and go out for a hike but it's all worth it as you are up on top of a mountain, by yourself (because everyone's deterred by the weather), with your chilly hands wrapped around a warm cup of coffee, thinking about the possibilities for your next adventure.