May snowstorm? What’s a traveler to do?

Unfurling ferns


Decisions, decisions.  What to do, what to do?

 Here is the dilemma:  The National Weather has issued–no, I am not kidding, even though the calendar says it’s May–a Severe Weather Alert.

Another view of unfurling ferns

 Rain turning to snow this afternoon.  Heavy, wet snow.  Two to five inches. 


Second deer skull this week: this time a young buck with spikehorns

 I am not happy about this.  This weather forecast could mean many things.  It could mean no snow at all.  (You can’t necessarily trust weather forecasts.  They can be 100% wrong.)  It could mean a little rain; a moderate dusting of snow.  It could mean an icy crazy in-the-ditch experience.  It could mean a foot of snow.  It could mean…just about anything.

Marsh marigolds

 I have a workshop in Marquette tomorrow.  It’s been ages and ages since I’ve attended a workshop.  This used to be one of my favorite extra-curricular activities!  Not, though, in recent years.

 The title of this workshop is BodyTalk Access class.  The flyer says, “When the body talks to itself, it can heal itself.”  It is a complete healthcare system that balances the body and mind on all levels:  physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  BodyTalk helps restore your body’s balance, allowing the body to heal itself naturally and quickly.”

Empty shell of birch bark tree telescopes sky

 I have wanted to attend this class for a few years now.  Saw the flyer maybe three years ago in the Marquette Co-op and said, “Ah ha!  Really want to attend this class.”  Unfortunately it was a module class which meant it cost $1100.  Sigh… not meant to happen.

 However, this class costs less than $100 for eight hours and I signed up faster than the checkbook could figure out how to balance itself.  (Not really!  I am a Business Manager.  The checkbook always has to balance itself.)

 Therein lies the problem.

Pink bud of apple blossoms

 Should I get a motel in Marquette tonight?  Avoid the entire hassle of driving through snow?  I do not like driving in snow…  There you have it.  Some Yoopers (residents of the Upper Peninsula) insist that we are all avid drivers under beastly conditions.  That we can all drive in one to two feet of wild-crazy-blowing snow without blinking.

 Not me.

 I am thinking really seriously of getting that motel for the night.  It’s only $44.00.  And I could take the laptop computer and go to Starbucks again.  And eat dinner at Sweetwater.  And, and…maybe I should consult the checkbook before making a decision! 

Stay tuned for further developments. Hope you enjoyed the remainder of the photos from the Day in the Swamp. 

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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30 Responses to May snowstorm? What’s a traveler to do?

  1. Snoopykg1 says:

    Go for it and tell us all about the class!

    Snow…oh you can handle it…


  2. My vote? Get outta Dodge while you can and stay in the motel!

  3. Reggie says:

    I agree – stay at the Motel, and have a wonderful time away, without worrying about snow and ice on the roads. 🙂

  4. barb says:

    Hi Kathy, Your swamp photos are great – I like the bark and sky one the best. Stay in a motel, enjoy your class, have a coffee, no worries – stay safe!

  5. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Kathy, I’m so excited for you. Would love to be in your shoes right now, going to your workshop. I discovered BodyTalk (and a wonderful practitioner) just before we left the Island. Unfortunately there was only time for a few sessions. Am always on the lookout, in our travels, for another practioner but so far, to no avail. Love knowing that it is available in this form. Darn that snow…beautiful but with such a mind of it’s own and no sense of timing at all!
    Thank you!!

  6. Doris says:


    Go for it!!! Your a Yooper! A motel sounds great & starbucks….hummmmm
    Such a interesting class. Have a good time!
    Love & prayers surround you for a wonderful trip.

  7. Karla says:

    If money, time, and family are not an issue…go now!!! The seminar sounds awesome. My great friend practices and teaches something similar (B.E.S.T.) and has helped me learn how to harness my body’s energy to heal an aggravating and reoccurring lower back pain. As always, your pictures are beautiful.

  8. Dawn says:

    I think it’s unanimous! Stay in the hotel! (It’s been years since I’ve seen a hotel room for $44!) Scrimp somewhere else and enjoy your workshop!

  9. amy says:

    if there’s free continental breakfast in the am stay at the hotel (yay free!)..I hate driving in the snow and am actually really skilled at it but the stress of constantly worrying about your own safety and seeing through a snowstorm is so overrated…have fun at your workshop!

  10. Gerry says:

    What are you doing in L’Anse? Get on the road ahead of that s#%@. I think you should spend tonight AND Saturday night in the motel. Then you can follow the snowplow back home on Sunday. Assuming you can find the car. If you can’t find the car, you can always catch a ride ON the snowplow. Have a good time. Pack YakTrax.

  11. Not sure if this helps but my daughter in North Dakota had the same forecast yesterday. Her eye doctor even re-scheduled her appointment so he could go home early. The snow never came…just rain. Though it did frost overnight.

    If it was me, I’d get the hotel…best be safe than sorry.

  12. Emma says:

    Snow?!? What did you decide?

  13. P.j. grath says:

    Hope you didn’t want for consensus but drove right to Marquette and are at your motel already, cozy for the evening. May the workshop be all you anticipate, and if you get into Snowbound books, tell them Dog Ears says hello. We’re looking at possible snow down here, too, and I’ll be on pins and needles until David gets home from the first Traverse City art walk of the season.

    Spikehorn skull–that’s different!

  14. Kathy says:

    My goodness you guys. Do you know how much you mean to me? I can’t even begin to tell you..

    OK, here’s the scoop. I’m in Marquette. Spent $44 for a motel–can you believe it’s still possible to get a motel at that rate? I can’t!

    Pamela, you’re darn right I visited Snowbound books and bought a book called “Shanghai Girls” which I will now start reading in the motel–although may meditate first.

    The lady who advertised the workshop just emailed to say that this was a wise decision. (Although some people are coming from Chicago. Can you imagine?) It’s snowing lightly outside right now. 100% chance of snow the weathermen said.

    Just ate at Applebees. Delcious Cajun Lime Tilapia. And garlic brocoli. Oh so good.

    I feel so blessed right now. And you guys–all of you–make my life so much more beautiful. I thank all of you. So very very much… (More than WordPress hits, you guys are the greatest.) Amen. And goodnight.

  15. Jessica says:

    HI Kathy,

    I saw that they had snow heading your way and even commented to Dave that I bet you weren’t going to be happy about it. We have a frost warning for tomorrow night. I am not happy either. It means another night of covering up plants.

    Anyhow, I hope you make it to your workshop ok. Be safe. 🙂


  16. You go, girl!
    I’m so proud of you. Enjoy the bajeebers out of yourself!

  17. pearlz says:

    You approach snow storms the same way we approach rain, people told us when we first moved here to pack a spare change of clothes when going off to visit someone when its raining, just in case.

    I loved reading 3-4 posts here just then about the swamps and your adventures. I am just commenting under this one though.

  18. Snoopykg1 says:

    Yeah….Ran for cover and some Applebees to Boot!

  19. fountainpen says:

    Exquisite pictures of those unfurling ferns
    and those blossoms….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  20. melinda says:

    did you go? write write!

  21. melinda says:

    the ferns remind me of fresh born baby goats!!!! those looks like cashmere ferns.

  22. Cindy Lou says:

    Hey you – glad you got out of town when you did…..folks that came into the restaurant from L’Anse last night said ‘it’ was coming down crazy-hard there! We’ve had off and on this morning but nothing that sticks yet. Can’t wait to hear what you’ve learned!

    And you found lovely ferns already? I’ve been looking but haven’t seen any on this side of the bay so far. Fresh fiddleheads sauted in butter were one of my brother, Jeff’s, favorite spring treats – it would’ve been his birthday yesterday so I’m hoping for some soon to have in his memory!

  23. Colleen Lloyd says:

    So glad you made it!!

  24. Trudie says:

    Gorgeous, stunning, beautiful pictures. Sorry to say, they had me captured more than your dilemma about the snow. Hope you’re able to attend the workshop!

  25. I was thinking about you as I walked the dog, and the wind was whipping around this morning.

    Those storm clouds in the northern sky looked really fierce! Huge snow producing cells…

    Stay warm


  26. kathusitalo says:

    A nice Mother’s Day treat for yourself.

  27. Kathy says:

    Hi everyone! I’m home from Marquette and the workshop now and oh-so-tired. Exhausted!! Didn’t sleep too well last night in the motel. The BodyTalk workshop was great but I need to process all of it before even trying to explain it to anyone. (And didn’t take any photos.) Snow report: only a couple inches on the ground this morning.

    Glad you liked the ferns and blossoms. I loved the way those ferns looked, unfurling like that. They’re probably all in shock right now from the cold and snow!

    So…pajamas on already…just going to chill out and read my book and maybe meditate before bed. See you all soon…

  28. pearlz says:

    Those Fern pictures are just wonderful (:

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