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In addition to enjoying some winter solstice reading, such as The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice, we’ll be heading out for a moonlit adventure. Sunset is at 4:33pm today and it should be a cool 43 deg F at that time in our neck of the woods . While my husband finishes up some pre-holiday work at the office, we are gathering up our night adventure gear in preparation for some exploring.
Night walks in general are one of my preschooler’s favorite activities. My husband sometimes takes her during the week as part of their father/daughter quality time and she gets so excited, putting on her jacket and headlamp and racing for the front door. “Let’s go, Dada!”, she usually exclaims while she waits for my husband to catch up putting on his own gear. A lot of times she’s so amped she won’t even have her shoes on yet, so we talk her down and review the items we need to go outside.
I haven’t told her yet about our little winter solstice surprise. I’m still deciding between a couple scenic locations, but she can see me quietly gathering up some essentials in the background and she’s starting to get curious. I can’t wait to see her reaction!
If you’re interested in what we’ll be bringing, I have listed some of our preschooler’s essentials below. My 1-year-old son also has similar items, most of which can be found in this Gearing Up post.
- Patagonia Down Jacket
- Oakiwear Trail Suit – Reflective and keeps clothes clean and dry underneath
- Oaki Rain Boots – Easy-On Handles
- N’Ice Caps Waterproof Ski Mittens
- Osprey Youth Jet 12 Backpack – Great size and easy access for packing toys, snacks, extra gear. Comes with whistle and reservoir sleeve
- Cabela’s Camp Beanie
- Black Diamond Headlamp – See image above for size reference. Link is for larger headlamp. No link available for our smaller model but similar models available online and in stores.
We hope you and your preschooler are able to spend some time enjoying some exciting winter solstice activities!
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