One of the consistent things about living in a desert is the weather. With plenty of days of sunshine and low humidity, winter wasn’t that tough in my former home in western Colorado. I wasn’t a big hiker before I arrived in Grand Junction. But as they say, “when in Rome” and there hiking is a way of life so I got myself a good pair of hiking shoes and got after it.

With the Colorado River rolling through town and the Colorado National Monument on the city outskirts, there were literally dozens of trails within a few miles of my place. Hiking proved a great way for me to get outside, get some exercise, and clear my head. The picture in this post was taken on the Mica Mines Trail.  That trail is just a few miles outside of town and leads back through a canyon to an old quartz mine. Outside of the mine’s entrance, the ground is covered with white quartz rocks. I picked up a couple and have set out on a dresser in my apartment.

Needless to say, “Cabin Fever” wasn’t really a thing there. Locals, including myself, could get outdoors pretty much anytime. Here in southern Minnesota where winter is more intense and longer-lasting I’m confident it’s more of an issue. Webster’s defines “cabin fever” as “extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time.” What’s the best way to beat the fever around here?