December 8, 2023

December 2023 News

Katie and Gene Hamilton

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Outdoor Recreation Industry News

The Outdoor Recreation industry had a banner year in 2022 of $1.1 trillion in economic growth. New data reveals its significant economic inpact. From 2021-2022 the outdoor recreation economy grew at a rate of 4.8% compared to a 1.9% for the U.S. economy. It doubled its job growth compared to the U.S. economy.

 The four top states by growth for 2021-2022 are Hawaii, Alaska, Washington D.C. and Wyoming.

And the top activities are RVing, Boating/Fishing, Motorcycling/ATVing, Hunting/Shooting/Trapping and Snow Activities.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Build a Birdhouse is an easy to make woodworking project with precut wood pieces to assemble. The completed birdhouse invites birds to your yard or you can give the kit as a gift.

Make a Log and Stick Reindeer is a popular holiday decoration from our first book Build It Together about things easy to make and build projects designed for an adult and child to make together. Our Rudolph, the reindeer is a one-of-a-kind hoofer made of logs and sticks you find in the woods. Although we built Rudolph many years ago, his body parts gets pulled out of his storage box and assembled every year. We use Rudolph at the front door inviting friends inside and outside our patio door looking inside. Sometimes he stands in the garden. He’s a joy to have wherever we put him.

On the calendar

December 13-14 Wednesday and Thursday Geminid Meteor shower is predicted to be at its peak.

December 21, Thursday is the Winter Solstice when either of Earth’s poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. This happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. It is when we have the least amount of daylight of any time of the year. The Sun appears lowest in the sky, with the least angle to Earth, so we receive less sunlight and warmth and when the days are shorter and the nights are longer.

December 25, Monday is Christmas Day. Enjoy the Holiday.

December 26, Tuesday is the Full Moon also called the New Cold Moon and the Long Nights Moon which takes its name from the winter solstice, the longest night in the year. Here’s more about Viewing the Moon.

December 31, Sunday is New Year’s Eve. Make a resolution to attend a 2024 event about something you want to do and learn more about. The 2024 events calendar for Birding Festivals, Boat Shows, Star Parties and RV and Travel Shows in the U.S. will be posted here on the site soon.

Katie and Gene Hamilton

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