Winter in the Bipolar Mitten

By: LakeEffectBro , 5:57 AM GMT on January 14, 2014

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Whoa, hey, wow, oh! Holy cow, Wunderbloggers, what an eventful few weeks we have had here in Michigan. From ice storms to polar vertices to balmy, spring-like rain, Michigan has seen its equivalent of Dante's seven levels of hell in terms of weather.

Now, as LakeEffectBro, I fully embrace Michigan winters and love the excitement it has to store. Truly, the beauty of winter is unparalleled and unrivaled to nearly anything I have ever witnessed. The Saturday before Christmas, freezing rain began to fall, and by 7 the next morning we had lost power. Luckily, we live near a power substation and had it back on that evening, but the beauty of the ice cannot be accurately described. Pictures cannot do it justice- if you ever want to see Earth Porn at its finest, try to (safely) see the aftermath of an ice storm.

Then, the ice melted, and we were pummeled with snow like Holyfield's ear was pummeled by Mike Tyson. HOLY HELL did the snow fall. The after New Year's snow storm and subsequent polar vortex-induced lake effect snow dump covered all of Michigan under at least 2 feet of the fluffy white stuff. Normally, we Michiganders carry on in a strained, forlorn struggle against the elements, but the tribulations of January 4-7 shut down schools, universities, businesses and (not surprisingly) the government. We tried climbing on the shelf ice of Lake Michigan, but the thirty below wind chill sapped our souls of all life in minutes. We tried sledding, but the snow was so deep our sleds simply sunk in and stopped.

So, cross-country skiing and a peaceful snow-shoeing hike were in order. The best way to be happy is to seek solace even in the harshest of conditions.

At the end of the day, we made torches out of bacon grease, stuck it in the snow on the porch in defiance of the elements, cuddled up and watched a nice movie as the wind howled outside. Joy, eternally.

Today, it was 40 degrees and rainy- nearly all the snow has melted. Oh, Michigan, get your seasons right.

But safe travels and happy times to all! Hope your new year is going well, and, as always, happy blogging!

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Just an outdoor loving son of a toot! Loving Michigan and all it has to offer!

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