Rainy Days and Winter Days... Come on Down!!!
Rain, puddles, and mud can heal your soul and bring out the kid in all of us. Revel in it!
As the Village of Harrison settles into the winter season, visitors often bypass Harrison as a destination assuming that there is “nothing to do”. They couldn’t be more wrong. The easiest solution to enjoying cold and rain is a… change of clothes.
There are few things as magical to a child (or young teen for that matter) than being let loose in the pouring rain to run on the beach, make mud castles and generally stop being told to Button up! Wear your hat! Don’t step in puddles!!! By bringing a change of clothes and a large garbage bag to carry home your “have fun” clothes, parents can, with a wonderful hot chocolate, coffee, tea or mocha in hand, pull out the camera and capture pure joy on the faces of their children…or better yet, jump in yourself and be a kid again.
Here is how you can enjoy with abandon the following things to do in Harrison when it's not summer:
Sturgeon Fishing Charters and Off-Season Fishing. From December 15 to April 30th we offer daily walk and wade tutorials for either gear or fly fishers.
Bring along some cut apples for the horses and pull up a couple of handfuls of green grass for the cows and goats!
Lynda has been a full-time potter for the last 30 years and a willow basket maker for over 20 years, so be sure to check out the studio and showroom. Dan is a full-time artisan coffee roaster, offering certified organic and origin coffees. He works with an antique Royal #5 roaster dating from 1919 and there’s always coffee on.
Trout Fishing in Trout, Hicks, and Deer Lake
Running the most awesome trips ever, all year round!
Course conditions change daily which can determine if we are open for play. Call ahead for course updates and to book a tee-time by *phone, please call 1-844-796-1717 (extension 1) *Regular green fee rates apply when phoning the Pro Shop!*Regular Rates $59.95/person Mid-Week & $79.95/person Weekends & Holidays (taxes are extra)
Modern technical clothing is designed to be used as a layered system: each layer serving a purpose in keeping you warm, allowing you to combine different layers to tackle different conditions. When you engage in athletic exercise, whether it's walking, hiking, or skiing, a layered system provides you the tools to avoid overheating when you are working hard, and yet stay warm when you stop. Layers work together to achieve the four goals of wicking moisture, trapping in heat, insulating from cold, and blocking wind and weather.
This highlights a 4 layer system for activities in colder weather. This example has an optional wind layer, which could be substituted with a fleece.
A base layer is the layer closest to your skin, meaning it collects the most sweat. The purpose of this layer is to keep you dry by pulling moisture away from your skin and spreading it throughout the fabric. At the same time this fabric should fit snugly and retain some insulating properties. Never wear cotton as a base layer, which does wick moisture away, but then retains that moisture as the cotton loses its resiliency, loses its warmth, and causes too much evaporative cooling.
The purpose of the mid-layer is to capture warmth through trapped air. Typically a mid-layer is a fleece or a thick wool layer. A mid-layer usually has some loft to it to help trap the warm air, but is also breathable so it is not suffocating and sweat-causing underneath a shell or outer layer.
Light Wind Jacket Layer
This layer is easy to pack, not burdensome to carry, and provides essential protection. Particularly in summer layering systems, a wind breaker style jacket (aka "wind shirt") is a necessary and light layer. Protection from wind-chill makes a significant difference in how warm you feel, and a light wind jacket offers great bang for the buck in terms of warmth vs. weight. Most wind layers also offer moderate protection in the event of a brief summer rain, such as an afternoon thunderstorm, giving you enough water resistance to comfortably retreat and/or find cover.
An insulation layer, whether synthetic or down, provides extra loft and warmth, essentially doing what a thick mid-layer does, but multiplied, and with a much higher warmth-to-weight ratio. Size your insulated layer jacket to fit comfortably over a light fleece and underneath an outer technical shell. If the climate presents sustained wet conditions, down's inability to insulate when wet makes it a poor choice, and a lightweight synthetic jacket rules the day.
A hoody is also a smart option for your insulation layer, offering a substantial increase in warmth for almost no cost in weight or bulk.
Outer Shell (soft shell or hard shell)
A technical outer shell is your father's rain jacket on steroids. Built of materials that offer both breathability and water-resistance, a technical outer shell understands that your outdoor lifestyle will cycle between sweating like a pig and hunkering down from the storm. The primary function of a shell is to protect you from the elements when conditions take a turn for the worst. If sustained rain conditions might occur, there is no replacement for a waterproof hard shell. The best will offer taped seams, waterproof zipper systems, multiple layers, and materials that offer some breathability even though they are waterproof.
And now, the most important part of the day...
Grab your bag of clean, dry clothes from the car, and head over to the Harrison Indoor Public Mineral Spring Pool, strip off your wet clothes and throw your dirty wet stuff into a garbage bag that you can throw in your car later. Then, throw on your bathing suit and slide into that warm, medicinal water. When you are done soaking up the healing water, change into your clean dry clothes and then have a leisurely lunch or dinner before heading back home, warm, spent, dry and full.