I haven’t been keeping up with my blog, and my mother has been bugging me to post more pictures and updates. I blame Facebook, because I have been just putting all of my pictures on there. Also, the last month has been crazy! Nic and I have been travelling all over the place and trying to keep up with the holidays. Enough excuses…here are some updates.
We finally have some snow in Marquette. Surprisingly, we haven’t had a great winter yet. We got a big storm the weekend before Christmas, but before that, the grass was still showing. I want to say that this late snow is unusual, but for the last 3 years, this has been the case. When we got this big snowstorm, all of the schools in the Upper Peninsula were closed. I still unfortunately had to work, but I used a half vacation day to go play in the snow. Megan and I took my new car up County Road 510, which is just West of town. This area always has more snow than us because it is farther from the lake and has a higher elevation. We were the 3rd car tracks of the day and the roads were not plowed. I am not exaggerating when I say there was over 18″ on the road. The four wheel drive worked well! We were a little worried that we might have to drive the whole length of the road up to Big Bay, because there was no where to turn around. Luckily the parking lot to the ski trails was plowed, so we were able to park somewhere. We borrowed some Marquette Backcountry Skis (a ski and snowshoe hybrid) from Downwind Sports and ventured out into the fresh powder with the dogs! It was a lot of fun.
For Christmas this year, we decided to rent a little cabin with my family in the UP. We stayed near Milakokia Lake in the South Central part of the peninsula. The cabin was very cute and allowed dogs. We played Euchre, ate mom’s lasagna and watched It’s a Wonderful Life. We also took a little hike in the moonlight behind the cabin with all of the dogs. It was so beautiful. I wish I had gotten some pictures of the snow covered pine trees in the moonlight.
On Christmas Day, we went to Kitchitikipi at Palms Book State Park. Nic and I went here this summer, but I think it was much more beautiful in the winter. Kitchitikipi is a natural bubbling spring that is 40 feet deep and is full of huge trout. The water is crystal clear and there is a man-powered boat that you can take to the middle of the pond to look down into the spring. We were the only people there this time.
We did a late Christmas celebration with Nic’s family near Kalamazoo. It was fun seeing Nic’s neice, Channing, because she is almost 3 and really enjoys presents now. Nic’s mom made me an awesome herb wreath and it looks so cool in my kitchen. I got some great gifts for Christmas this year. My friends and family know me so well. I got some cross country skis, a hand blender, garlic press, snowpants, and some other sweet stuff.
While in Kalamazoo, Nic and I went to a Middle Eastern restaurant called Zooroona. If you are ever in the area, stop there! It was excellent.