By: Zachary Kersh
I know. Everyone is tired of hearing the broken record that Covid-19 has dramatically changed our lives. People want to be able to experience the same fun that they would have had if Covid-19 didn’t happen. Good news, this is the place for just that! For all those reading, here are some extremely fun things that can be done right now, that will make the days less unbearable.
Although this year’s winter hasn’t blessed us with a lot of snow, ski resorts are beginning to slowly open their trails. Nearby resorts such as Whitetail and Liberty have small percentages of their trails open, but more than enough to pose a variety of different options. Both resorts have mainly beginner and intermediate trails open, although Liberty has a single terrain park open for those itching to finally showcase some skiing or snowboarding tricks. Glenelg Senior Matthew Pysh exclaims, “My family loves to ski during every winter. Doing other things isn't possible because of coronavirus, but thankfully skiing still is.” The skiing experience has been altered in ways such as increased spacing on lifts, dining and more moving outdoors, and much less available lift tickets. Nonetheless, due to the distance between skiers/snowboarders, skiing/snowboarding is a great winter activity that doesn't carry a great risk of contracting Covid-19.
Looking to get in the holiday spirit? Make some homemade hot cocoa, throw on some Christmas themed pajamas, bake some Christmas cookies, and have a fun holiday movie night! Glenelg Senior David Toronto says, “It didn’t sound like a ton of fun at first, but my girlfriend convinced me and I actually really liked it!” Every year people rewatch classics suchs as The Polar Express, Home Alone, and Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Why not take this holiday tradition to the next level by adding multiple other ones to the mix? This could be a phenomenal way to spend time with loved ones, in a year that has been held together by the strength of association. So, associate with some warm socks, kickback, sit in the same spot for multiple hours, and enjoy one of the most popular holiday traditions!
Hungry? Same. Get some friends or family members together, start a bonfire, and bring some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. Have you guessed it yet? Correct, s’mores! Very few things evoke the same level of comfort and security that sitting around a bonfire with loved ones, eating s’mores, and listening to soft music do. By simply gathering some firewood and chairs, one can turn an otherwise bland night into one to remember! Glenelg Sophomore Morgan Steinberg explains, “S’mores over a bonfire is one of my favorite and most memorable family traditions. It’s fun, lively, and relaxing all at the same time.” In addition, by positioning each chair six feet apart, one can dwindle the risk of Covid-19.
These are all winter activities, so why break the trend now? Next up: ice skating. Similar to skiing, not everyone may be proficient enough to have confidence in their ice skating abilities. Thankfully, failing at ice skating is fun! Regardless of one’s skill level, ice skating is an excellent public activity that one can do safely with others. In addition, ice skating is a great way to get in some exercise, which lots of people are lacking due to the sixteen hours a day spent motionless. Another great part about ice skating during these times is that you shouldn’t have to worry as much about Covid-19, since skaters are already accustomed to maintaining distance between one another. Happy skating!
This one is mainly catered towards teenagers, although adults could surely join in as well! One simple way to make some quick and easy money is shoveling/plowing others’ driveways for money. Although snow hasn’t been prevalent this year, whenever it does fall, shoveling others’ driveways is a great way to turn a boring day into a fun and profitable one. Similar to in the recent snowfall, one could even shovel the same driveway twice: once before nighttime to prevent thick layers of ice from forming, and again the next day. Glenelg Senior Ethan Barajas explains, “Shoveling driveways is something that I do with friends every year. We each make tons of money because people are willing to pay upwards of forty dollars to not have to shovel their own driveways.” It can be difficult to understand a fair price to charge. However, it is important to know to not undercharge, since people find it extremely valuable to not have to shovel their own driveways.
Covid-19 has forced us to have to adapt to not just things such as school and going out, but ways of having fun as well. Despite lots of activities being impossible, there are tons that one could still participate in. No matter the activity, it can be made fun through creativity and collaboration!