Happy Groundhog Day!

Authored by: Gina Percival, Public Relations Coordinator at Salt Lake County Youth Services

Its time to celebrate. As it has been occurring for the last 129 years, every February second we are ready to know if the spring is ready to come or if the winter is going to be longer. This year has not been an exception, and we just heard back from Punxsutawney Phil that we will be having 6 more weeks of winter.

Actually, records have shown that long winters are usually the rule. Dating back to 1887 Phil has predicted winter 102 more times than an early spring – just 18 times, including last year, the AP reports.


Today, as part of this tradition, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle revealed Phil’s forecast by poem,  which reads: “It’s mighty cold weather, you’ve been braving. Is it more winter or is it spring that you’re craving? Since you’ve been up all night and starting to tottle, I, Punxsutawney Phil, shall not dawdle. My faithful followers, I could clearly see a beautiful, perfect shadow of me. Six more weeks of winter, it shall be!”

Although some of us were waiting for an early spring, this might be the year of really enjoying a long winter. The good news is that Utah is truly nature’s playground—and Salt Lake is the perfect base camp. Winter in Salt Lake has more to offer than just cold, snow, and ice. Along with downhill snowboarding, you can also try your hand at ice skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Here is some other good ideas:

• Have a snowball fight
• Go sledding
• Catch snowflakes on your tongue
• Build a snow fort
• Collect pine cones
• Reread a favorite book from childhood
• Have a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup
• Bake cookies and share them with friends
• Make a big batch of chili
• Bake a pie
• Make snow cream
• Go ice skating
• Go snowshoeing
• Kick back in an outdoor hot tub
• Cozy up in front of a roaring fire and watch the flames
• Curl up under a blanket with a good book
• Donate food/toys/clothing to a local charity

Join the party and celebrate this wonderful tradition!

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