“If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.” Terry Terry Pratchett, Author of Discworld.
Saying goodbye to my GPS, turn-by-turn directions, and thoughts of self driving cars for a weekend, I accepted an invitation join the Rebelle Rally for a two-day Basic Navigation Class. Yes, the old-fashioned kind with a compass and map, a skill-set I found to be quite humbling -- yet empowering to learn.
What is the Rebelle Rally?
The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States, coming together in large part by the efforts of off-road pro Emily Miller, visionary and leader. Teams of two women, (driver/navigator), will spend seven days driving mostly off-road from Lake Tahoe to the sand dunes of Southern California. Best of all, you get to leave your cell phone, computer, GPS, & headaches behind. It’s all about YOU. And your endless abilities.
Maybe you live in one of those more temperate climates -- like Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, or California -- where the weather doesn't actually get cold enough for snowy fun. Whether you want to participate in the annual running of the reindeer in Anchorage, sleep in Sweden's famous Ice Hotel, or go skiing in Aspen, Weather.com has gathered up some of the best “snow-cations” you can take this winter.
Want something to keep you warm this winter? The Travel Channel has found some great places to warm up during winter. Check them out here.
Once the temperature starts dropping, some people want to escape to sun and sand in popular destinations such as the Caribbean and Bahamas. Others sail on exotic adventures to the Southern Hemisphere (including Australia, New Zealand, southern parts of Africa, and most of South America), where our winter is their summer. Find your warm weather cruise destination here at USAToday.
On the other hand, if you want to trade sand for snow, these cold-weather cruises suggested by Conde Nast Traveler can take you to places like Antarctica and Alaska, and will have you seeking out penguins, fjords, and even the Northern Lights.
Originally a skill taught in culinary schools, the art of ice carving has moved out of the kitchen to the great outdoors where teams of ice and snow sculpture artists from around the world come together to compete in sculpting events with the resulting artworks put on display for the rest of us to enjoy.
These frozen displays are carved from solid blocks of ice and snow by a variety of tools including chisels, handsaws, and even chainsaws. Whether you want to visit gorgeous sculpture displays, walk through entire castles built of ice, visit a music festival where all the instruments are made from ice just hours before each concert, or play on a playground constructed entirely from ice with slides, rides, and mazes, these ice and snow festivals elevate ice carving into magnificent works of art.
Learn about some of the top 10 ice and snow festivals around the world, gathered by CheapFlights.com.
Though some might think the idea of sitting over a hole in the ice waiting to catch a fish might seem a bit crazy, the activity can be quite a bit of fun -- from the planning to the party atmosphere your family can have once there -- making it a favorite winter sport all across the northern reaches of this country.
Drive The Nation has gathered a few of the top spots in the U.S. to get out and try ice fishing, so check them out here.
If you'd like something with the same amount of speed but without the noise of the snowmobile engine, then consider these great sledding locations suggested by USAToday that offer specially groomed courses with ramps and hills for urban sledding, snowboarding, and tubing.
Sledding can be great fun, but it can also lead to serious injuries. Research shows over 20,000 emergency room visits per year were a direct result of sledding injuries in patients 19 and younger, so don't let injuries get in the way of your family's winter fun. Make sure you all wear helmets and proper sledding gear. And NEVER sled head first!
This fun sport can be a great way to explore new places, but with the added bonus of an engine. Here are 10 great snowmobile destinations, courtesy of Snowmobile.com.
If you're new to snowmobiling, be properly prepared for your ride: The Snowmobile Safety Awareness Program has an entire "Safe Rider" website, where you can learn the importance of proper riding apparel starting with under layers, eye protection, and headgear along with boots and outer layers; gear to pack including personal items, safety equipment, tools, and emergency kits; good trip planning practices; a pre-ride checklist; and much more.
The Travel Channel has carefully evaluated these destinations to be especially family friendly for their easy access from the airport to the quality of their ski schools to how well a mountain is suited for little skiers.