Most sauna enthusiasts live in climates with distinct seasons. Summer saunas are often enjoyed by the lapping shores of a lake cabin or cottage. Twilight that goes on forever, dodging mosquitoes between rounds and that euphoric splash off the dock.
Yet fall saunas offer their own magic. The leaves drop, the nights turn crisp, heavy low lying dark clouds, gusty Northwest winds pushing flocks of geese South. Cold wind ripping down the alley at dawn can sure be a lonely feeling. Yet we authentic Finnish sauna enthusiasts crack a smile. We step outside our homes, into the cold air with a towel and a cold drink, and head out to our outdoor saunas.
Greeting us is the warm crackle and glow of our saunas. “Bring on the cold,” we say. We are not alone. We welcome the return of our old friend.