Yesterday the skies offered up more of the same garbage we’ve seen for weeks now – maybe even months or years. Tired of languishing inside, we drove through alternating bouts of rain and snow into Traverse City. We met friends for lunch at a little French bistro, and happily discovered that lunch apparently starts at noon, and that if you arrive at 11:50, you have the whole place to yourself for about ten minutes 🙂
Business as usual, we followed up lunch with dessert coffee (white chocolate, hazelnut latte for me), and a nice long chat with a barista-friend we hadn’t seen in far too long. Fully sated, and needing to let our friend do his job, we headed back outside. Since the weather was still having its tantrum, we rode around town a bit, stalking a house that our friends had gone to put an offer on. (I know, exciting – I’m still wondering if they slept any last night!)
While I was out of the car taking the above picture, the sun peeked out for a moment, warming my coatless back. Armed with that optimism, we rolled down the hill, and parked at West End beach for easy access to a paved lakeshore trail. Unfortunately, said trail was mostly covered in thick, slippery slush. Fortunately, the lower portion of the beach was clear, so our we altered our plans in favor of a beach walk.
Our optimism soon paid off; as we neared the marina, blue sky broke through the miasma, and for a moment it actually felt like spring.
However, turning back into the wind, it felt decidedly less seasonable. We decided that regardless of the slush, perhaps the trail would be more hospitable.
Milkweed pod, out of its time, awaiting warmer days
Ambling toward the car, I was reminded again of why we love it here. (Well, just one reason – there are lots.) Despite the abominable conditions, we were not the only ones combing the beach, seeking silver linings.
Just yards from the car, a fresh squall of snow blew in over the peninsula, peppering us with stinging ice pellets. But you know how sometimes you smile when you don’t feel like it, but then somehow because of the smiling, you do feel like it? I’m convinced that our pretense yesterday brought about our surprisingly clear skies today. It’s the only thing that makes sense 🙂