Archive for January, 2012
Hopefully you were like me and had a wonderful holidays and a happy New Year’s. With kids who now can understand the concept of presents, a heavy-set man in a red suit and reindeer, this year was busier than ever. We spent our holiday time in Southern Vermont aka Ski Town Central, where everything centers around skiing or snowboarding with a healthy dose of maple syrup. Unfortunately, Mother Nature reminded us how fickle she can be. We experienced 20 degree temperature swings on a daily basis, which results in snow (25°F) then no snow (45°F) then harsh wind (9°F) then rain (35°F). It truly was like that old New England adage, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes.”
Of course, my entire family was bummed with the lack of snow, but made the most of it. The bigger, scarier concern was the impact these fluctuating temperatures had on local snow-related businesses. The region is still recovering from the impact of Tropical Storm Irene which brought torrential floods. Across the entire country, ski resorts and snow towns are all crying “Uncle” with the lack of snow. It really hit home when people decide to go golfing at the local links rather than traveling to the ski hill. On my personal tally, I noticed that I had double or triple the number of days surfing as I did snowboarding so far this season.
Backcountry.com posted this picture that shows the difference in weather patterns between January 2011 and January 2012. It’s pretty eye-opening. The only silver lining that I can see from this sad situation is that I overheard more than one conversation in Ski Town Central about how “global warming is really real.” It appears that these rapidly fluctuating temperatures, which impacted holiday spirit, recreational fun and the economy opened a few eyes to some of our very real climate concerns.
From our family’s perspective, the snow conditions may have been horrid, but it was our daughter’s first time on a snowboard so she didn’t mind the fluctuating temperature as long as there was a little patch of white and hot cocoa at the end of the day.
A fresh start always feels good, and our Bootmaker bloggers are feeling especially positive about turning the page and starting a new year. Here’s what’s topping their list of resolutions for 2012:
I’m going to slow down and take time for things that really matter, and stop making myself crazy by weighing all of the possible options for minute questions! – Beth
My resolution is to introduce my nephews to the National Parks. – Betsy
I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; instead I will concentrate on the exciting potential of the future. – Alyssa
Consume less. Both from a food standpoint and a products standpoint. - Frank
To pay off my credit card – and not run it right back up!! – Laura
I’m enrolling in graduate classes and resolve to put in the effort and dedication to complete my coursework successfully—while still allowing myself time to relax and enjoy friends and family. (And I wouldn’t be doing my duty as a member of the Community Engagement team without also resolving to make Timberland’s 2012 service events the best yet!) – Sarah
In 2012 I will read more books. I’m an online junkie, but I have a stack of books I’ve wanted to read for a while. - Adriana
Studies show that if you tell someone else what your resolution is, you’re more likely to stick to it. Want to commit? Share yours with us!