We love winter! YES. WE. DO.
So winter has finally wrapped itself around us like an Emily Larson neck scarf and it won't release its icy grip until at least mid-June. I know we were momentarily fooled into thinking Old Man Winter might have forgotten where we lived (and being an old man, he wasn't about to stop and ask for directions) and like the moldy potato salad I unearthed from the camper cooler last Tuesday, our gorgeous Northland summer lingered on well past its expiration date ...
But now it's over.
That traditional Duluth winter playlist has been forcing us to hum along (through chattering teeth) to some old, familiar tunes:
• "Baby, It's Cold Outside. SUPER FRICKIN' Cold Outside!!"
• "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Sno ... It's Still Snowing? Seriously? Stop It Snow, Stop It Snow, STOP IT, SNOW!"
• "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, But Fluctuating Temperatures Are Causing Icy Sidewalks So I Keep Falling On My #$@."
Why do we live here, anyway? We never seem to ask that question when it's a glorious summer day and Lake Superior is breathtakingly beautiful. Sure, January sea smoke rising off the water is cool ... until you take your gloves off to snap a picture and your hands are instantly twisted into Minnesota Perma-Claws (trademark pending).
Relax, Kristi Stokes. This isn't a Why-Do-We-Live-Here-In-Winter column. It's a How-Do-We-Live-Here-In-Winter column.
No matter the season — summer, spring, fall, and, yes, even winter — we're surrounded by natural beauty. Mother Nature is spectacular in every Twin Ports season and we're reminded of that every time we tear our faces away from technology. We also possess a supportive community that steps up to make Duluth a special place. (The fact that I'll be able to once again be awash in pinpoints of green light while standing on the beach marveling at Marcia Hales' holiday light display is just one tiny example.)
So all of that is why we live here. Now let's examine how we choose to endure this ridiculous climate.
We have Winter Festivals, crammed full of medallion hunts and hot cocoa and bonfires. Sure, that ice "castle" in Superior that resembled blobs of frozen snot isn't around this year, but who cares? Hike at Glensheen! Snowshoe by candlelight at Jay Cooke State Park! Cross-country ski naked! OK, maybe not that one ... again ... the point is, you must embrace these frigid challenges. That's how we get through this annual rough patch of Northern Minnesota Winter. We have fun. We frolic. We thrive.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to put my frostbitten hands on something hot. Hey, I wonder if Michelle Lee is still around ... WHAT?! I'm talking about her kiln! Sheesh ...
Brian can’t wait to try out his new thermal heat-coiled snowpants. This time, during winter!