If you’re shivering and cold here on this winter day, you might choose to visit another blog.
I am aiming to show you some photos of jagged ice on Lake Superior here in Aura, Michigan. At the foot of Saari Road, just in case some of you locals might care to bring your camera and visit the ice field.
There are places where one can leisurely stroll out to one’s fishing tent on Keweenaw or Huron Bays without much fuss and bother. Not off Saari Road. I dare anyone to haul their sled and tent across this ice!
It’s a force of wind which blew the ice chunks against each other, tossing ice boulders up in the air with wild abandon.
Another crazy winter here in the north woods.
Yesterday morning we shivered with -18 F (-28 C). That is nothing, scoffed one of the locals twelve miles away. His thermometer boasted -32 F (-36 C). We felt glad that we live in the tropics of Aura.
How’s your cabin fever doing this winter?
Mine hasn’t been too bad, at least until last weekend. Then it rocketed. You know what it’s like to be stuck in a small cabin in the woods with winds blowing sideways and no hope of driving to town for a cup of java, don’t you?
As some of you know, I’m a tax collector and sinner. (Sorry, that biblical verse amuses me.) Anyway, yesterday, a taxpayer called from somewhere beneath the 45th Parallel. She announced that she reads this blog! My jaw dropped in amazement. I apologized for not writing lately. She reassured she would be reading when inspiration struck.
Guess what! Inspiration struck today. An added bonus–school is delayed two hours while the wind chill dissipates. It’s only -4 F (-20 C) this morning. In the “old days” of the 1980’s and 90’s everyone would be going to school without cancellations and delays. Not anymore. We protect our little ones from the cold much more in this century.
I bought a latte yesterday in town. Decaf, hazelnut, skim milk. I asked the young server if she was keeping warm. Yes, she replied, I’m going to Florida next week.
Florida! You lucky duck. What is your name?
Elizabeth, she replied.
And where are you going in Florida? I inquired.
Fort Myers Beach, she smiled.
Seriously! I can’t believe it! My parent’s have a condo there. Where are you staying?
Wyndam Gardens, she announced.
Seriously? That’s less than a mile from where my parents live!
It’s a small world, my friends.
I, too, am leaving the ice fields of the north and traveling to Florida. But not until next month.
Lots of more days to enjoy the winter! *grin*
What else can I share?
We almost froze to death filling the wood room the other night. When you breathe in the cold sharp below-zero air it hurts. Your nose hairs freeze. (Is that too much information?)
Wishing you the best in winter days!
P.S. This post is especially for two friends. 1) Fountainpen, who celebrates a birthday today–Happy Birthday!! and 2) Ruth, who lives on Saari Road and is missing this ice on Lake Superior while she bakes in Arizona. Enjoy…