Sunday Night Check-In: Hiking in Muskegon State Park

Believe it or not, we got 3 inches of snow last night. I woke up this morning, and even though there was a dusting of snow left on the ground, the sun was out. I packed up Ashok, some snacks and headed north. I couldn’t decide initially if I wanted to do some dunes hiking […]

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The Weather is THE Thing Up Here

The weather is not a thing up here; it is THE thing. I kept my plans soft because I had no idea how comfortable I would feel driving around in my not-so-ideal car and all season tires. Come to find out, Yoopers (as residents of the UP are called) may have more suitable traction, but […]

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A Splash of Thoughtfulness

In the darkness off Highway 131, I opened the door to the rest area. A dozen roses adorned the counter in sight of the doorway. I was shocked to see the burst of color and floral finery in a normally austere setting. As I entered the functional restroom another table caught my eye. It, too, […]

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The Rhythm of a Michigan Winter

There is a rhythm to winter in Michigan. Snow is not an everyday occurrence. In my opinion, every day seems remarkably different in its personality. The temperatures rise and fall, and there are three overarching rhythms that rule our weather. And you need a bunch of different kinds of footwear! The winter season causes our […]

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Don’t Mess With Me, Polar Vortex!

I am sick of the inside of my house. I’m quite sure my dog is sick of the inside of my house, but she’s not so happy outside the last few days. Her romps in the snow last seconds instead of minutes, and when she comes in she looks at me like “what the hell […]

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A Walk to the Lighthouse

I had a ton of things I needed to do today. I am prepping for a homemade backpacking food class at the end of February, so I needed to make some meals to demonstrate. My sourdough starter need to be fed, and maybe I should make bread. On top of that, the driveway needed to […]

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The Sound of Winter

The wind from the lake whips and wooshes around the corner of my house. Hurricanes from Louisiana days flash through my mind, but there is no pitter patter of raindrops. The squish squish of my boots squeak through the snow drowning out the silence of the snowfall. My heart beats with the effort of shoveling […]

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The Year to Connect

Jessica challenged me to think of a word for 2019. I’ve already been telling my team that “flexibility” is our word for 2019. We have numerous new initiatives that will require flexibility in the way we deliver training and in our design. In my personal life, however, I think I’m flexible enough. I can bend […]

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That First Michigan Snow

Ashok sprinted out the door into the snow this morning. She leaped a few times, tucked her butt to pee and then sprinted back in with a grin on her face. The first snow is always a happy surprise. If you live in Michigan, you know it’s coming. It’s as much a given as the […]

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Running Through the Stars

For some reason, the city of St. Joseph isn’t turning on the street lights about half the time in my neighborhood. It’s a little irritating when I have to run early because it’s really dark out. But I’m loving running amid the nighttime sky. The stars are amazing here in rural Michigan, and without the […]

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