Tony and I took a bit of a long lunch today, opting for the twenty-minute trip over to Shanty Creek instead of to a restaurant. We didn’t have the slopes to ourselves, but we enjoyed an hour and half of uninterrupted runs – mostly over the rolling hills built into the terrain park.
You can’t just drive past Torch Lake on a sunny day…
The little waves on the lake made this ice sheet chatter like hundreds of crickets:
Hungry and needing to get back to our jobs, we returned home for a quick bite and then got back to our keyboards.
All afternoon I had to tell myself to be good and not go for a mid-day walk. My resolve held out until a little before 6:00 (if you skip work in the middle of the day, you make it up at the end…) when I had to traipse around a bit outside. The sun was still bright, lighting up the clear blue skies. After a few minutes, I was pulled toward the snow curling off of our outbuilding. This is another phenomenon that makes me grin childishly:
Also, icicles…including sideways ice!
I came back in and rounded Tony up – by which I mean I had previously indicated I wanted to catch the sunset it looked like we’d have, and he actually asked me if I was ready – and we trekked back to Torch Lake. I took all long exposures, so you can’t really tell, but the ice sheet that had covered the marina has all melted. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I am sure that how I feel doesn’t matter 😉
I always feel like this place (northern Michigan) is my home, but sometimes that reality hits me like a punch. Today was one of those days that makes me fall in love with our Up North all over again. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s such a perfect fit for who I am right now and all the things I love to do. Do you live in a place like that? If not, why not?