July 25 – Visited Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Upper Peninsula with my brother Vaughn. It’s so beautiful here. The falls in the woods look so majestic. I can hardly wait to come for a longer visit. I’m going to love northern Michigan!
Me and my brother Vaughn in front of Tahquamenon Upper Falls having great sibling time.
February 9 – Moved to my new home in Munising, Michigan. It’s so beautifully white here. The very frozen Lake Superior looks so majestic. It’s snow covered. I’m going to learn to love it here!
Munising snowmobile road onto Lake Superior to their fish houses
February 14 – Went for a ride to Marquette to see the dogs cross the finish line of the UP200 Sled Dog Race while sipping hot chocolate. The dogs are amazing athletes having just endured going through a blizzard for the past 24 hours. Certainly they are the most hardy animals on earth. The UP is definitely the most exciting cold place on earth! The pines are all covered in fluffy white snow making this a magical place. This must be paradise, I LOVE IT HERE!!
February 21 – Snowing heavily creating an igloo effect in my cottage. I get to spend time perfecting my still life photography over the weekend. I love it here. The snow drifts look like rich shag carpet. HOW BEAUTIFUL. Shoveling the porch will be an opportunity for invigorating exercise in the cool crisp air Monday morning.
February 23 – Ah, more snow and more exercise.
February 26 – Good grief, still more snow. Guess it’s best to wait until it’s done falling overnight before I shovel again. Where is all this snow coming from? My right thumb is white and numb. Should probably remember to wear gloves.
The view I had from inside my cottage before shoveling myself out this morning.
February 27 – Had a strong wind off the lake last night and my porch is covered again even though we didn’t have new snowfall. Oh well, maybe the wind will shift and blow it away from the door. Otherwise shoveling will just have to wait until after work.
February 28 – It snowed last night. Woke up to find everything blanketed deeper in white. It looks like a postcard. I went outside and shoveled the porch so I could clean the snow off the car. Then the snowplow came by and I had to shovel the end of the driveway again.
February 29 – What a beautiful place the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is on a crisp winter day. Drove to Trenary to see the Outhouse Classic with 3,999 of my closest strangers and had a fantastic time! My toes are numb from standing in the snowbank, but I’m loving it here. I even learned a good lesson today. You should ALWAYS keep your tap running so your pipes don’t freeze like mine did. Time to call the plumber.
The Magic Stool outhouse with Spiderman running by.
March 4 – Still more snow last night, but I suppose I needed some more exercise. I’m loving it here, but I’m tiring from shoveling morning and night. As if dealing with the snow wasn’t bad enough, now I’m getting blisters on my hands from shoveling. (I must remember to wear gloves) I think the snowplow hides around the corner and waits until I’m finished shoveling the driveway. Jerk.
March 6 – So happy this morning as I look out and realized it didn’t snow last night. I don’t have to shovel my way to the car and wipe the car free of snow. Then I look at the end of the driveway. Seems I won’t be getting to work without shoveling after all. If I ever get my hands on the snowplow driver, I swear I’ll smack him. Don’t know why they don’t use more salt on the roads to melt the ice. Sand even!
March 8 – More white fluffy snow today keeping me from driving to see the Eben Ice Caves. Have been inside for two days except for shoveling out the driveway so the plow can go by. My hands are frozen. Co-workers think it’s just a mild case of frost bite, disfiguration is probably only temporary. My little green Kia is nearly stuck in a mountain of white. The weatherman says this is the last of it and says snow total for the week was 10 inches. Do you know how many shovels full of snow 10 inches is?
March 20 – Finally got out of the house to hike Wagner Falls and Valley Spur today. It felt so fantastic to get outside and stretch my legs. On the way home I passed the garage in town. Cars and trucks are rusting out from all the salt they put all over the roads.
March 25, 26 and 27 – The weatherman was wrong. We got 6 inches of new snow and it’s still snowing, very chilly and windy. At this rate I’ll never get to turn off my water and the snow won’t melt until summer…and I’ll be gone by then. The plow got stuck up the road and the driver came to the door early this morning. He wanted to borrow a shovel. After I told him I’d already broken six of them shoveling all the snow he pushed into the driveway, I broke my last one on his head.
All I can do is shake my head and laugh thinking about how I would be at the Palm Beach Yacht show if I were in Florida this weekend. How could it be that sunny and warm somewhere when I’m still up to my thighs in snow?!
137 Superyacht Bread seen at the Palm Beach Yacht show
March 28 – Meeting at Tahquamenon Falls with my brother for a winter perspective. It’s so beautiful here. The falls in the winter are going to look so majestic. I can hardly wait to return for a summer visit. I’m going to love northern Michigan in the summer!