Living in Minnesota, I love the annual ‘Theater of Seasons’. We are really treated to some epic changes throughout the year, with the temperature hitting 100 degrees F in the summer and -25 degrees in the wintertime. We are home to 10,000 lakes & the headwaters of the Mississippi, but they are all frozen like a rock for at least 3 months of the year.
We aren’t sticking around for the whole frozen landscape this year. Winter ends tomorrow as we get on a flight to Florida for our ‘Winter Summerland’ escape for the next few months. We’ll spend time on Cocoa Beach, outside Orlando, and in Sarasota. The only snow we’ll really see will be on NBC’s broadcast of the Winter Olympics from Beijing.
As a result, I tried to sneak in as many winter activities as I could into the last month. I went downhill skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, attended the outdoor NHL game, and went to a ice maze/castle. We had a big 22” snowstorm a few weeks ago and I even got to blast my new Jeep through the snowdrifts!
There are lot more winter things I would have liked to do, but the lure of Florida’s Jimmy Buffett-land is just too great. It’s hard to stay on the below-zero tundra when you can have rum drinks and watch dolphins from the beach. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be watching sunrises over the ocean, enjoying outdoor gardens in full bloom, and dining outside with fresh-caught seafood.
Still, I’m torn. Had we stayed the winter, I could have played in a curling bonspiel, participated in our winter carnival medallion hunt, and worked on my snowshoe art (above). Maybe we’ll still have a snowstorm or two after we get back and catch some of the final drifts of the year. As Minnesota’s musician, Prince, once wrote, “Sometimes It Snows In April”.
Do you have any warm-weather getaways planned for this winter?
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