The joy of Winter

I love the snow!

We spent the last week in rural northern Michigan, right on the coast of the big lake.  At right is Portage Lake (connected to Lake Michigan by a short channel), frozen over, and dotted with ice shanties.

I confess that I don’t understand the fascination with ice fishing, but I do appreciate the scenic qualities of the little huts dotting the ice.  Some of those folks are plumb crazy, staying out there until the ice all along the shore has melted in the Spring.  Watching them figure out how to get off the ice is amusing, but that’s a Spring Break story.

We skied a full day at Crystal Mountain on Thursday, having a fabulous time in pristine conditions.  Mostly though, we spent the week visiting HWTFM’s mom and brothers.

The drive is one that I particularly enjoy this time of year; from Indianapolis northward, it’s all rural highway, rather than interstate.  The small towns between South Bend and Kokomo really decorate for the holidays, so the lights against the winter landscape are just beautiful.

This morning, we return to real life — the college kids have gone back to UT, the younger two are back in school.  However, I can dream of snow days, hoping that we see a few  this year.

3 Responses to “The joy of Winter”

  1. on 05 Jan 2009 at 12:12 pm CrackerNation

    Welcome back! Crystal Mountain looks great. If you are ever on the “other side”, check out my favorite, http://skiwhitecap.com/

  2. on 05 Jan 2009 at 12:46 pm Netmom

    Ooohh, I like the color distribution on that trail map, Cracker! I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but may have to find an excuse to go someday. That looks fun!

  3. on 05 Jan 2009 at 10:02 pm deichmans

    Frankly, I didn’t get the “ice fishing” thing either — until my Bro-In-Law took me out on Mille Lacs (north of Minneapolis) a few years ago. When you have the right gear, it’s pretty fun.

    A couple weeks ago we took Man-Cub out for his first time; his tip-up (he picked the spot for me to auger and baited the hook) landed this 26″ Northern Pike. Only big fish we caught all day….. (beginner’s luck…. 🙂

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