Seaside Snow Exploring

What to do when the wintry weather hits the shore? GetOutside!

On Sunday in Torbay we became seaside snow explorers.

Scooping out angels, leaving tracks.

It was a soft, muffled world where shapes changed.

Cars had extra curves. Lines were more defined.

We saw fairytale doors to magical places (“Look! it’s the door to Narnia!”)

Discovered liminal spaces.

The powdery coating made the familiar strange.

We do things differently in this rarely-seen white stuff: walk barefoot (briefly)!

Why? Because you can!

We knocked weighted-down branches to have a snow shower.

Had snowball fights with strangers.

Gave snowmen hats.

Saw cool crouching cats.

We threw snowballs into the sea. Skimmed ice ‘pebbles’.

Watched waves break onto snow-covered seaweed.

Photo: Fi Derby, Two Blondes Walking

In the snow you look and wonder and ask questions.

You make discoveries, get excited, laugh.

You feel you have permission to play.

Which, after all, can often happen if we let it when we GetOutside.

For hundreds of ways to explore the great outdoors, head over to the Ordnance Survey’s GetOutside website.

Published by Belinda Dixon

I'm a travel & adventure writer (Lonely Planet), broadcaster (BBC Radio Devon & BBC Guernsey) and the British Exploring Society's media Leader on its 2016 Himalaya expedition. I write a blog that aims to inspire adventures; deliver inspiring training and record and edit powerful oral history archives.

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