These are my major destinations for Summer 2014
Spring is always a glorious time in Michigan. When old Jack Frost finally gets pushed aside, the state sighs in relief. The air smells different, the days start getting longer, the snow starts to melt, and people spend more time outside as we shake off the Cabin Fever induced by Winter.
As a Michigander who is too familiar with a harsh winter, here are some of my favorite signs of Spring.
- Seeing Robins.
Spring follows in the wake of the robin, which is our state bird. Once they start making their way north, we know the warm weather will surely follow.
- Snow Puddles.
When the snows melt, they create huge puddles. Sometimes, on especially warm spring days, entire yards turn into ponds. The dirt roads become nearly treacherous, but it’s still exciting to see the snow melt.
My Granny always had gardens. It was the delight of my childhood to grow up wandering her gardens. So flowers have a special place in my heart. The crocus was always the first one to rear its beautiful head, usually peeking through the snow.
Baseball is a summer sport. But it’s also long. So when Opening Day rolls around in April, I know for sure it’s officially spring, and summer will be here before I know it!!
- Seeing Geese
I always get sad in the fall when I see the geese flying south. But it’s equally exciting when I hear their honking calls, and see them again in the snow puddles and thawing ponds.
- When shorts and T-Shirts come out of their temporary retirement.
The first time temperature round the mid-forties, and the wind finally shifts to coming from the south, Michiganders hit the great outdoors in shorts and a t-shirt, enjoying the break from the sub-zero temps we spent the last six months suffering through.
And those are a few of my favorite things about Spring! Hopefully you’re seeing the signs too!
Happy Spring to all,
It’s been a while since I’ve had a meaningful post about Michigan and/or adventure. That was my original intent when creating this blog, and I would like you to know that I will be coming back to it, as I am entering a new season of adventure in my 2014 calendar year.
Last weekend I made a temporary move to Mount Pleasant to attend Central Michigan University and finish up my coursework. This will align me for student teaching in the fall and graduation with my teaching degree in December. I am very excited for this.
Mount Pleasant is no Traverse City, but it is a college town. There are a lot of restaurants and surely some small adventures to be had. I am curious for this winter to fade and spring to rise, so I can see this city come alive.
I have also planned some travels for this summer, which I am most excited to share with you. Flights and accomodations have already been booked for my return to the British Isles with my friend, Sarah, who was housed in the same home with me in 2012. We will again be staying with our host family in England, and will also be spending a few days in Ireland. This trip is scheduled for July 31st - August 21st.
A second trip is in the works, and if it pans out will occur sometime in May. This trip includes a visit to Norfolk, Virginia (to see my cousin, Erin), and my adventure buddy will be my sister, Mindy. It is still early in the planning stages, but I am looking forward to it working out.
I appreciate your interest in my travels, and hope that you enjoy hearing about my myriad adventures.
Last night I had a dream that I was in London. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. In this dream I was riding a bike. I went around the backside of my apartment to meet with a friend for a bike ride around the city. We spoke for a minute, and then began to ride off, my friend leading the way. After a bit, I realized I was falling farther and farther behind, so I called out for him to slow down.
He didn’t hear me.
Eventually he was completely out of sight and I was faced with the question of continuing in the direction I had last seen him going, or returning to my apartment.
Winter is coming. First Legitimate Snowfall of the Season 10/23/13
Some shots from Michigan this summer. What a beautiful state I call home.