Time to go Somewhere!


It is about halfway through winter here in Michigan.  Last week was the darkest week on record for this winter.  So far this winter we have had 9% sunshine.  Tonight, the ‘light snow showers’ turned into about 3 inches of snow in 2 hours, with snow in the forecast for the next several days.

I need to get away.

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My first Michigan Winter


I’ve been in Michigan for 4 months now.  Seeing as how it is mid-January, it is safe to say I’m well into my first Michigan Winter as well.  So far, I’d say it is…bearable.  I’m only a few miles from the lake shore, so lake effect snow is a very real thing here.  Since day 1 of moving here people have warned me about the dreaded ‘Michigan Winter’.   It honestly started to feel like every person I met felt a great need to warn me of what I was soon to encounter.  Initially I just gave them a blank stare and responded with “I’m from Iowa.  I’ve been through winter.”  My brother and I have joked about this as he has been here through 4 Michigan Winters.  Here’s the thing: yes, there is more snow here, BUT, at least you can BREATHE!

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Sunset at Red Rock Lake

This past Friday night I went out for a walk.  It was a decent night and I had been taking it easy all week so was ready to stroll about for a while.  I started off heading East, then eventually decided to head back home.  As I turned back West, the sky greeted me with some beautiful colors!  I could tell it was going to be a gorgeous sunset.  As I neared home, I checked the time and realized I would have time to get out to the lake to watch the sunset over it.  I drove out there and found the perfect spot to watch the sunset over Iowa’s biggest lake.  It was stunning.  I took near 100 photos, but have narrowed it down to some of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy!

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The Sky is Pink

Yesterday started off as a decent day.  The sun was shining and for once there wasn’t a chance of rain.  Then the clouds rolled in.  At least I thought they were clouds.  Early in the afternoon I noticed it looked like rain, but nothing was on the radar.  That strange look stayed in the sky the rest of the day.  When I eventually went out side I looked up in the sky and noticed the sun was just a small dot.  Technically I would say the sun was out, but it didn’t have it’s normal perimeter of shining.  It looked more like this:


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