Driving to work always seems like a waste. Not just of money, but of precious time outdoors. Like a lot of adult humans, I work in an office and spend nearly eight hours in a desk chair… blah. Because I live just over two miles from work, I usually bike there in spring, summer and fall, but winter is rough in Wisconsin. Even if the roads are clear, the thought of that biting wind in my face makes me wimp out a lot. So I walk instead.
Walking may take longer, but I like how it eases me into the day and lets my body warm up gradually. My thighs may prickle from the cold by mile two, but at least my toes don’t feel frozen to bike pedals. Plus, the chilly weather makes me walk like an ABSOLUTE MANIAC. I’m already a speed walker, but catch me on a winter day and you’d think I was on a mission. That mission is probably to get to coffee.
See, this is what happens when I’m walking to work in the cold and haven’t had coffee yet. But when I get to my desk chair and settle in (COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE), having already walked for more than a half hour, I feel way better about starting the workday.
The best part of walking to work is the return trip, though. If I don’t leave too late, I catch those last lingering bits of daylight as I cross the Milwaukee River. That magic hour when the wintery sky looks like an orange creamsicle melting into the night. I may spend the brightest hours in a cubicle, but I get to walk home under the candied sky feeling content.
YOUR TURN: How do you make the most of winter weather?