5 Cool Things To Do At A Ski Lodge During Late Spring and Summer

When you hear the words ‘ski lodge’, you’re immediately swept away by images of fresh fallen snow, bright ski gear, snowboarding, and chair lifts. Well, while all of those images are well and good, what happens during the late spring and summer months? After all, the amount of snow falling will be drastically lower & what is on the ground may not be the most conducive to traditional “slope” activities.

The important thing is to not get discouraged. Traveling to a ski lodge during less-than-peak times doesn’t mean you’re out of luck in terms of the fun. In fact, you might be in store for some absolutely awesome times. Here are five things that will make your post-ski season ski lodge visit an absolute blast:

1. Hiking – This is an unsung activity that often gets touted as a “must do” in just about any environment. Keep in mind, though, that you’re in the mountains, and as such, the terrain is actually the birthplace of the hike. You’re also being greeted by an environment that has cool, temperate weather, elevations that test your physical fitness, and you can finally eat trail mix on a trail where you’re using a lot of energy!

2. Camping – Ski lodges have the fortunate nature of being in and around national forests. Not only are you greeted with pristine, unspoiled nature, you’re also given the chance to really enjoy the wild. Take advantage by taking a walk along a riverbank or just look up in the sky & see all of the stars that you aren’t afforded by living in the big city.

3. Fishing – It might be a hard sell to call fishing a ‘cool’ activity, but the fact remains that anglers and outdoorsman are part of the original “mountain folk” in this country, so in some respects, by casting a line into a mountain stream, you are connecting with a long line of pioneers. Plus, being able to fish is about as relaxed as you can get. The key is to remember that the fishing is the fun part, and you always have the catching to look forward to as well.

4. Horseback Riding – Luckily, many ski lodges and their surrounding towns offer horseback riding to visitors as a way to explore. Riding a horse is akin to connecting to a traditional way of life, and it’s also a great way for someone to gain an appreciation for the amazing animal we call the horse.

5. Off-Road Adventure – Now for something completely different! Many ski lodges are situated near off-road vehicle trails. What better way to hit the “back country” than by revving your ATV engine and letting nature know you’re there to explore. Many lodges can steer you in the right direction for ATV rental companies so you don’t have to supply your own vehicle.

Family Adventures

LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES

Mom and Dad loved to have the family together as often as possible. After the children were married and living from St. Louis to Columbus, MS to Knoxville, TN it became very difficult to arrange family time that included everyone. They began planning family gatherings every Memorial Day in addition to Christmas. About 1980 the family began meeting at a park on Memorial Day weekend. It is amazing this continued because the first Memorial Day trip was at a cheap hotel near Land-Between the Lakes State Park. It rained all weekend. The hotel was uncomfortable and the food was not good. The next year cabins at the Kentucky Dam State Park were rented. These accommodations were better. The weather was good and the food was better. More activities were planned for the grandchildren. My Dad brought his ski boat. Uncle brought a trailer load of games and equipment. These Memorial Day trips continued for several years at Kentucky Dam State Park or Lake Barkley State Park. Later, a Memorial Day weekend was enjoyed in Gatling and at the large Wallace home in Columbus, Ms.

GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAIN TRIP

The Smokey Mountain Memorial Day weekend was a tremendous hit with everyone. My uncle brought all his toys. The sons & daughters challenged mammas and the poppas to a volleyball match. Somehow the mammas and poppas pulled off one more win. I think that was the last. We fished in the Pigeon River, bike on the mountain trails, and went tubing in the Pigeon River. We shopped and ate in Gatling. At night, we played games and enjoyed visiting in the big lounge.

Trip ideas – Great Smoky Mountains National Park One of the most popular day trips in the Smoky Mountains is to Cade Cove. Plan to spend at least 2 to 3 hours in the Cove where you will want to make frequent stops to view historic buildings, wildlife, scenic views, and maybe take a hike. There is a picnic area with BBQ grills. There are also several areas throughout the Cove where you can enjoy a picnic, but there are no tables. Close to Cade Cove is Townsend, TN which has several great mom and pop restaurants.

MONTE EAGLE BAY JAMAICA

We resided at the Royal Palms Villa near Monte Eagle Bay owned by Rev. Janet Trout. We spent the days walking the white sandy beach in front of the villa. We looked for shells, soaked in the wonderful sunshine, and went snorkeling on the corals. We shopped at the markets in Coho Rios and Monte Eagle Bay. We golfed at Runaway Bay, Wisdom Rose Hall and Half Moon golf resorts. We watched the locals. At night, we often went to Taney to listen to the steel band, watch the entertainers and the crab races. We visited Plymouth, an 18th century port town, to see the historical buildings and Discovery Bay: Site of Columbus’ landing in 1494. We traveled in a rental van. Driving was a challenge since driving is a national sport in Jamaica. Everyone drove on the left side of highway (wrong side) with the pedal to the metal and horns blaring. If everyone went on the van trip, kitchen chairs were added to the van for seating.

CRUISES TRIPS

This adventures started when I was at Stewart Home School. We took a lot of cruises trip to different places like Canada, Mexico and Bahama. They were a lot of fun we saw different kind of things to do when we were on shore they were snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and much more. We to the Cardinal Ship to all these places. When we were on the ship they were, different kind eating places like buffets with a lot of food. You can even go swimming the pools on the deck and look out over ship at the ocean. They were different kind of shows to see while we were on board.

COSTA RICA OF MEXICO

Hike in cloud and rain forests, pristine golden brown beaches and active volcano’s craters. Get closer than you ever imagine to frogs, monkeys, sloths, birds and wildlife and do something different that you have always wanted to do- yoga, whitewater raft, zip lines, surf, dive, snorkel, and enjoy yourself.

BAHAMA TRIP

My family went on a trip to Bahamas for my brother and sister law for their wedding and I was in the wedding as a bride made. We had the usual things that a wedding has like cocktail hour and dinner and the food was fabulous. They had different things do to while you there. You could go deep-sea fishing, swimming and snorkeling and golfing. The cabins were very nice a decorated they had good service while we were there.

BAHAMAS HOTEL OR RESORT!

On Nassau Paradise Island, you can board a 45-foot catamaran for a coral reef excursion, explore a shipwreck on a half-day scuba diving trip, stroll the bottom of a shark exhibit for a little face-to-nose time, or even try Snub, which pairs the simplicity of snorkeling with the wonders of underwater breathing. Add in the Caribbean’s largest marine habitat and water park at Atlantis, and you’ll soon discover a world of wonderful water activities awaits you on Nassau Paradise Island.

Mehrauli: A Giant Cauldron of Wonders (Part 1)

Located shortly before you reach the haunted Jamali-Kamali, a world swimming in a cross-junction of history and culture. How else would you describe a place, which on one hand holds trinkets of history, an aura of the supernatural nearby, and on the other the modern day marvel called the Delhi Metro, next to an amalgam of faiths. Boys and Girls, and all you lovely Ladies & Gentlemen – Welcome to Mehrauli.

A multitude of roads and streets would seem rolled-out in all directions, inviting one into her lair, “Come, come, come on in dearie!” (add a teeheehee in there). No really, it can be a bit of Hansel & Gretel. Somewhat a hike from the Qutub Minar at one end to the Mehrauli Bus Ud-dah and a short stroll from the Chhatarpur Metro station at the other (Andhera Mor entrance). These are the commonly known entry-points. There are several more – popping out of out-of-sight neighbourhoods and pouring into the heartland of Mehrauli.

Streets apart, why visit if cartography isn’t your thing? Maybe history, eh eh? From the Andheria Mor entrance and a short walk, there’s your Hauz-I-Shamshi or the Shamsi Talab as the locals call it. A reservoir built during the Slave Dynasty, it still catches your eyes. If you can hear it, it has a lachrymose whisper of thoughts to share. Or maybe the Jahaz Mahal, where “if” you plan your holiday calendar well, you could even end up enjoying the annual 3-day culture fest called Phoolwaalon ki Sair (September). Boy, out of nowhere, that just reminded me of the song “Sealed with a Kiss”.

What if you have a differing holiday schedule? No problem, there’s always a sampling of street food, which’ll frequently catch your fancy from either side of the street. Kebabs, niharis, tikkas and its culinary ilk. It’s business as usual if you get caught in a traffic-jam there. Don’t forget to pick up some of the silvery chhabeela or reddish-maroon ratanjyot as you walk on. If you have some meat to melt, a mere half-a-handful is guaranteed to be strong enough.

Besides feasting on delicious Mohammedan cuisine on offer, you may also indulge yourself in picking up a bargain. Dime a dozen, people. There are wooden-frame carvings, pretty uncommon and may well cost a fortune elsewhere in Delhi. But, if you feel you have a strong bargaining acumen, Mehrauli’s the place for you. Walking ahead, you may actually find relics from your grandpa’s or great grandma’s era. Coal irons, and not just regular sized ones, lilliputian ones too to decorate your showcase back home. Manual lawn-mowers and a host of other oddities, Hey! What if you’re out of cash? Somehow, just somehow, you have a debit card on you (any Indian bank issue) ATMs are just another short walk away.

If you are more into soaking in the experience, let the wanderer in you loose. And you can literally lose yourself! The many lanes and by-lanes will coax, cajole and beckon you to explore them, with their half drowsy gaze. A photographers delight, wherein you may snap selfies with some really old style houses in the backdrop. If that’s a thing with you. A straight walk from the Andheria Mor entrance will lead you, with a bit of winded road, to the Mehrauli Bus Stand or Bus Ud-dah. And hullo? What do we have here. Another piece of history, called the Bhool-Bhulaiya (by popular claim it’s a labyrinth or maze). As per historic accuracy, it’s the tomb of Adham Khan son of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s wet-nurse Maham Anga. That’s the beauty of exploring Mehrauli. A single walk can transport you to the diverse shores history, set apart in time by centuries.