Alice in Wonderland posted a comment yesterday and reminded me that even though we have beautiful fall colors right now, Christmas and all that goes with it weather-wise is only 9 weeks away. I just had to remind all of you too.
And I will now remind you that in 10 days, Dan and I will be leaving here in hopes of avoiding winter and all that goes with that part of living in “da U.P”!! We will be standing on the sandy beaches of the Outer Banks, ducking and dodging kite flyers, watching ocean fishermen at the docks, wiping the sand from our feet prior to entering our home on wheels, listening to the red wolves howl at night…oh, and of course, then there is our day jobs there. And there is always a possibility that hurricane season might not be completely over but at least there should be some words that will be out of OUR vocabulary for the next 6 months. You Michiganders know the ones, right? OH, YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THOSE WORDS??? Well, PA-LEEZ let me refresh your memory!!!
LAKE EFFECT SNOW, SNOW SQUALLS, NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS, BLIZZARD WARNINGS, SYSTEM SNOW, 28 INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED OVER NIGHT, WIND CHILL INDEX, SHOVELS, SNOWBLOWERS, SNOWRAKES, SNOWPLOWS, FROSTBITE. We Yoopers know a few more words, but I don’t want to spoil all of your fun! YOU can add some in the comment section…now, be polite and don’t use cuss words!!
And to get you all in the mood, I am including some photos for ya!!
For my readers who might not be from our area or even our country, let me explain that a popular winter sport is snowmobiling and that person in the 2nd photo, known as SledHead, is hot and heavy into the sport of snowmobiling. He and I use to correspond by email (I believe he has his own website now dedicated to the sport) and he sent me this photo last year when I was still responsible for updating the snowmobile trail reports. He took this photo to show how anxious HE was for winter to begin!! I didn't want you thinking I'd posed in my snowmobile gear on the beach to show you that I was anxious for snow!!! HA!!!
BTW, it is expected to be 83 degrees in Manteo, N. Carolina today!!! This morning on OUR thermometer, we have 34! 10 more days!!!
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