And while you're designing your fortress, keep vitamin D production in mind.
Our bodies produce a tremendous amount of vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure is important for everyone but especially for the little ones and it's tougher to come by in the winter. Sure, you can supplement their bodies' production with added vitamin D in milk and oj, but, with brief exposure to the sun, their bodies produce way more than they can get through diet alone.
When I dig runs for the kids, I design them for maximum sun exposure. I also like to throw in one or two straight runs so they can really get some exercise.
Naturally, keeping the kids in the sun helps them stay much warmer and makes it a more comfortable experience for them.
Two additional snow excavating tips:
- I cut a couple feet wide path around my house foundation so that all that melt won't be running straight down the foundation wall.
- I also dig out the downspouts and the splash area to make sure they're opened for business during the melt. You'll most likely find a solid chunk of ice in the mouth of the downspout. Pull this straight out and it should come right out.