Enjoy winter: Nix cabin fever with a scavenger hunt

Tim Silvey of York captured this photo while the sun was rising in Rocky Ridge Park in July 2011. (SUBMITTED)

Forget about the snow predicted for today — head outside for Cabin Fever Hike II, a winter scavenger hunt at Rocky Ridge Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Pheasant Pavilion near the Hidden Laurel Parking Area. Park volunteer Jeff Miller will guide you to finding clues and tracks of what is happening in the winter woods on this two-hour hike. Prizes will be awarded while you enjoy a fire and hot chocolate in an enclosed pavilion.

A scavenger hunt, fire and hot chocolate?! Plus, I’m willing to bet a dusting of snow will make the park even more beautiful. There’s no cost for the program; call 717-428-1961 to register.

If you’re more of a team-sports fan than an outdoorsy type, head over to Martin Library for a little Fantasy Spring Training. From 1 to 4 p.m., experts Paul White and Ron Shandler to talk about how to start a fantasy baseball league, rating the players, predicting player performance, position ratings and managing your team.

And if half of that sounds like gibberish to you (as it does to me, I’ll be honest), maybe this program is just what you need to better understand the ramblings of fantasy baseball fanatics. Martin Library is located at 159 E. Market St. in York. A donation of $5 is suggested for the program. Call 717-846-5300, ext. 225, or visit www.yorklibraries.org to register.

Neither outing sound like your cup of tea? Take the kids outside for a fun snow-painting activity, or curl up inside with a cup of homemade cocoa and a good read. Book Buzz has more than 200 book reviews, if you’re looking for ideas.


As the cold sets in and that couch calls your name, Smart magazine encourages you to enjoy winter for all it offers. From outdoor activities like skiing and hiking to cozy indoor ideas like making your own hot cocoa, we’ll offer a tip each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through March.

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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