CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hang in there, boys and girls. Spring is just seven weeks away.
Yeah, I know; that's not much to hang one's hat on when it's 25 degrees outside and snow covers the ground.
We want to get outside, breathe some fresh air, climb a hill or wade a creek. But until the weather warms up a bit, we'll mostly stay inside and endure our annual case of cabin fever.
Ah, cabin fever! Every time I think of those words, I think of when my son was young and would watch a "Muppets Treasure Island" video for hours on end.
The video's characters sang a song about cabin fever. One particularly memorable line went like this:
Cabin fever has ravaged all aboard; this once-proud vessel has become a floating psycho ward!
Fortunately for us outdoors enthusiasts, there are ways to take the edge off our cases of cabin fever without actually going outdoors. Here are a few of my favorites:
It does, however, give me a chance to play with some of my big-boy toys - to feel the warmth of a walnut gunstock, to run a patch through a barrel and see it come out clean, and to once again enjoy the sweet fragrance of gun oil.
It's a "pride of ownership" thing - but also there's a certain satisfaction in knowing the firearm you just cleaned will be in perfect working order and ready for use when next you pull it from the safe.