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Old 10-16-2007, 12:18 PM   #21
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I'm in Michigan and I walk regularly in the ice and snow (when I'm not mall walking). When it gets icy I use Yak Trax on my boots. They really help.

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Kinda like chains on trucks in the mountain passes, I like it........
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Those look great! I'm going to get some in a couple of years when I ER to Missouri and try them out. Thanks!
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I put a rash guard on because Hawaii water drops below 80 in the winter...
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I put a rash guard on because Hawaii water drops below 80 in the winter...
... right after I look for all the open windows in the house and try to remember how to shut them...
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Okey dokey, I was wondering how long it would take before the warm weather contingent chimed in. Y'know, it isn't nice to brag!
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Hey we pay big bucks for the bragging rights. You guys can get edible tomatoes and apples for under $1/lb we pay $3+/lb for lousy tomatoes. Just today I spent $15 shipping on $35 Halloween Costume (first bought costume in I don't know how long), on site with a zillion banner ads offering free shipping.*

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We had some nice weather in the PNW last weekend so I got to do a 30 mile bike ride. I too prefer outdoor exercise, but I suspect that is in part because non-rainy outdoor time is so precious here.

For colder months I hit the gym and do weight training and a variety of aerobics (elliptical, recumbant bike, circuit training, etc). This provides a built-in variety to the yearly routine -- outdoor activities for late spring/summer/early fall, and then gym work for late fall/winter/early spring.

I do like going to the gym because over the years we have formed social connections there and enjoy seeing some of the same folks who have been there for years as well. Oh, and we use a community gym -- that way we work out with the people who are there because they care about their health, this place doesn't get the 'posers' at least not for long.

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I'm in Michigan and I walk regularly in the ice and snow (when I'm not mall walking). When it gets icy I use Yak Trax on my boots. They really help.

Yaktrax Walker Shoe Traction
I've used the regular ('walker') version as well and it is a good product. Has anyone tried the 'pro' version? Is it worth the extra bucks?

Comparison: Yaktrax Walker and Yaktrax Pro
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Those look great! I'm going to get some in a couple of years when I ER to Missouri and try them out. Thanks!
You seem really concerned about snow in Missouri, aren't you? Do they really get that much? Springfield, right? Is it hilly? That's the biggest problem in snow. Where it's flat and straight, you just have to drive slower so you can stop where you need to. It's a bit tougher to control on hills.

I'd guess that when they do get snow it melts pretty quickly, so you just have to either keep the pantry stocked in the winter or make a grocery run before a storm hits and just not go out while it's on the roads. But I wouldn't buy too much snow gear until you see if you really need it.
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You seem really concerned about snow in Missouri, aren't you? Do they really get that much? Springfield, right? Is it hilly? That's the biggest problem in snow. Where it's flat and straight, you just have to drive slower so you can stop where you need to. It's a bit tougher to control on hills.

I'd guess that when they do get snow it melts pretty quickly, so you just have to either keep the pantry stocked in the winter or make a grocery run before a storm hits and just not go out while it's on the roads. But I wouldn't buy too much snow gear until you see if you really need it.
Well, I haven't really been in snow much at all in my adult life and yet I am planning to retire to snow country. I would not decribe my attitude as "concerned", so much as "preparing" and "learning". Maybe I am over-preparing? I don't have any idea - - my goal is to be sensible. The stunning girl in my avatar is not me - - in reality, I am 59, nearsighted, and kind of klutzy, and need to be careful to not fall in the snow.

Yes, it's in the Ozarks so it is hilly. They don't get that much snow compared with Buffalo, but they do get that much snow compared with New Orleans! I am most definitely planning to keep a well stocked pantry, and to get a well insulated house with a fireplace and an attached garage. I plan to try not to drive during snow, at least during my first few years there, since I do not yet know how to drive (or walk) in the snow safely. I agree - - I have not been planning to buy any snow gear until I get there (including the Yaktrax, see above post). Right now, I am trying to become aware of what is available so that I can see a need, and know what to buy for it, once I am there.

Living in snow is just instinctive to people who have lived in snow. I think they don't really realize how much knowledge they have about it. There's a lot to learn. I have all sorts of things to learn about. Like, if you have a house with a basement, do you have to heat the basement to not get frozen pipes? Or, if you have a car, are snow tires (and changing your tires twice a year) the best solution? I suspect a lot of this varies with location so I will just have to play it by ear when I get there.
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You need all weather tires ,front wheel drive ,a snow blower ,boots ,warm clothes and a bag of sand or kitty litter to carry in the trunk of your car with a snow shovel .
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You need all weather tires ,front wheel drive ,a snow blower ,boots ,warm clothes and a bag of sand or kitty litter to carry in the trunk of your car with a snow shovel .
OK... Thanks! Never thought about front wheel drive, or all weather tires. See? I'm learning (slowly but I'll get there).
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Just making sure you weren't over stressing about it. Sounds like you just want to prepare, and that never hurts. It'll be fun!

Some quick answers...keep the thermostat at least at 55, maybe higher depending on the house; you can wrap pipes with pipe insulation, and leave water dripping slowly on hard freeze nights. Tires--an all-season tire like Goodyear TripleTreds should be fine for that area. I keep a small shovel, cat litter (for traction), and a blanket, cap, warm gloves, etc in my car in winter in case I get stuck, so I won't freeze if I try to dig myself out, or have to stay overnight in the car (latter has never happened). Practice driving in an empty parking lot if you get a chance and learn how to turn in the direction of a skid and how long it takes to stop, and how the antilock brakes will feel.
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Walk outside much of the year but winter is back to the YMCA treadmills rowing machines, nautilus and some raquetball with my son.
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Just making sure you weren't over stressing about it. Sounds like you just want to prepare, and that never hurts. It'll be fun!

Some quick answers...keep the thermostat at least at 55, maybe higher depending on the house; you can wrap pipes with pipe insulation, and leave water dripping slowly on hard freeze nights. Tires--an all-season tire like Goodyear TripleTreds should be fine for that area. I keep a small shovel, cat litter (for traction), and a blanket, cap, warm gloves, etc in my car in winter in case I get stuck, so I won't freeze if I try to dig myself out, or have to stay overnight in the car (latter has never happened). Practice driving in an empty parking lot if you get a chance and learn how to turn in the direction of a skid and how long it takes to stop, and how the antilock brakes will feel.
Interesting! Great - - if I can keep the basement at least somewhat cool and wrap the pipes, and let the water drip, then a house with a basement wouldn't necessarily be too much more expensive to heat. These are good things to know. Thanks! I agree that it will be fun (for me). To me, it is a huge adventure.

I am also planning to live in town, as opposed to neighboring rural areas, and they do plow the major streets. I'll put all that stuff in the trunk of my car, and I probably wouldn't venture very far from home when weather is bad.
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Don't fret too much about the winter "experience." Except in rare instances -- I'm talking a major, major snowstorm -- you'll be able to get out and about within hours of most snow falls. When I was buying my last car (a rear drive model) I expressed my concern about how it might handle in the snow. The salesman asked me how many days a year did I think we had BAD weather(i.e., bad enough to stop me from driving unless urgent); I thought about it and decided probably 8 to 10 days would fit the bill. I ended up buying the car and haven't had any significant issues driving in the snow, rain, whatever.

And, yes, a basement can be a wonderful thing...as long as it doesn't leak -- but your pre-purchase inspection should reveal that problem if it exists.
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Interesting! Great - - if I can keep the basement at least somewhat cool and wrap the pipes, and let the water drip, then a house with a basement wouldn't necessarily be too much more expensive to heat. .........
Basements, being set into the ground, don't need extra heat unless you want to use it for some living activity. In fact, a major savings is to be had in sealing all the heat ducts so they don't leak heat into unheated areas like the basement. And in the heat of the summer, it is cool down there.
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humidity levels are starting to drop. just as soon as "winter" sets in i'm gonna start mountain biking along our florida trails again. love it but summers are just too hot for me. and i'll be able to road bike during the daylight hours instead of late at night. i've got a great light set up for night rides but i go faster when i can see farther.

as for the 10 days between now and next spring when it might dip below 50 degrees, i've got the indoor pool at the gym. i'm set.

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Biking the Lake Okeechobee Trail, Okeechobee, Florida

Everglades National Park: Shark Valley Trails

GORP - Biking Florida - From the Panhandle to the Keys

Club Scrub - Jonathan Dickinson State Park Bike Trails

Florida Trail Reviews at MTBR.com
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In the winter, I mall walk and do the exercise bike at home.

Local parks here have indoor aquatic centers and offer hour long water aerobics. I can't imagine what a water aerobics class for seniors would be like. Can anyone explain? I'm "only" 53, so I would take the high energy class. When I was young, I would see some seniors exercise in the water and would unkindly refer to it as the baby hippo water ballet waltz---and now years later, here I am contemplating the exercise I ridiculed! Is it possible to get a good workout and not just splash in the water?
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Water aerobics can be very strenuous...without the strain on your joints. Depends on what exercises you do. Jogging in place in the pool, for example, is a great workout, as are lunges.
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