’13-’14 Winter Catch Up

Get ready from an explosion of pictures, because I haven’t been keeping up with my blog.

Let’s start with November and December:

Thanksgiving Day hike

Thanksgiving Day hike

We finished up the end of November with a ton of snow. And it actually stuck this time, unlike other years. Nic turned 30 this December. I got together with his siblings and had a huge surprise birthday party for him in the woods. We rented a cabin at Harlow Lake and brought a bunch of food and a keg. We had about 30 people there. It was a blast.

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Other events in December includes me selling my money-pit 4Runner and buying a truck. I like the truck a lot more. And it is half the price… so that is a plus. We also finished off the bedroom¬†climbing room in the basement. Complete with sample carpet squares and drywall.

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The end of December was snow and more snow. We travelled down to the Lower Peninsula for Christmas at my family’s and Nic’s. We took his 3 year old niece skiing and I went snowshoeing with my parents on Xmas day. I also got to do some snowboarding.

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January was another snow filled month, but it was bitterly cold. Cold enough to not be able to go outside. Which made the dogs and myself sick of staying in. I did get to venture out and do some backcountry skiing and ice climbing on the warmer days. Nic won a trip to Colorado via a Facebook ice climbing photo competition. He drove out there for 4 days with a few friends. He was pretty excited about that.

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February is turning out to be an eventful month. I have been doing a lot of snowshoeing and backcountry skiing with the dogs. We have had some beautiful days. Lake Superior is 95% frozen over, which makes island and ice cave adventuring possible. You can see in the photos that the beach is pure ice, as far as you can see.

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Our beloved Ford Explorer had the transmission blow out on a -25 degree morning. It was my hand-me-down car to Nic and his only mode of transportation. So we ended up selling it and looking for a new car. We drove down to Wisconsin and bought a Subaru Outback. 2 new cars in 2 months!!! Let’s hope these ones last.

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Other February activities include: volunteering at the UP 200 Sled Dog Race, my parents coming up to visit, making wine, roller skating at the new roller rink, lots of saunaing with friends, rail jams, pickled eggs contests at work, wedding ring shopping and much more!!!

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Sorry for the photo overload. I just had wayyyyy to much to share. Remember to click on the smaller pictures to enlarge them.

We are going to the Apostle Islands this weekend to see the ice caves on Lake Superior, as well as backcountry skiing into the historic town of Fayette, so expect more photos soon!

One thought on “’13-’14 Winter Catch Up

  1. Very nice update, Aurora! As usual, trying to get pictures of your Mom, Dad, Megan (copy/paste) to my own timeline is not working. I’m not very good at this stuff! Needless to say, enjoyed the synopsis and best of adventures this weekend. Be very careful…..PLEASE!

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