Snowed in

Friday, February 12, 2016

I'm up here in northern Michigan visiting a friend, as wind chill warnings and blowing lake effect snow keep us hunkered down in front of a crackling wood fire.

I drove up on Tuesday in less-than-ideal conditions . . . 


. . . and may now be snowed in up here for a while. See you in the spring, honey!! (My husband is home, hard at work during a busy tax season.) Wind chills are expected to be -15 to -30 through Saturday. 

Last night three of us friends made the trek out to Moose Jaw Junction, recently voted best bar in northwest Michigan. It's in the middle of nowhere, and the parking lot is often filled with snowmobiles in the winter and motorcycles in the summer.

We had fish and chips in front of the fire, followed by brownie sundaes. Good comfort food.


This is the kind of drive we had on the way there . . . 


People are tough up here. They all have tow straps in their cars and routinely pull each other out of ditches. 

And here's a visitor we get every day . . . 


A beautiful male pheasant.  He seems to be solo, so my friend is going to mail order a flock of pheasant chicks in the spring. He'll have a real mail-order bride.

21 comments :

  1. Beautiful country, Deborah. Glad you made it there safe and are enjoying it. Love the pic of your visitor and I hope matrimony is in the future for him!

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  2. Stay warm, safe and have fun. What a beautiful pheasant.

    FlowerLady

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  3. Peaceful images. Stay warm, my friend. We're still having spring temps in my neck of the woods, but February can be deceiving like that. We will see cold temps again, I'm sure ... just no snow.

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  4. What a fun time you are having - lovely snow and lovely pheasant! Keep warm. Sounds like you are having great fun!

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  5. Deborah, your profile picture is beautiful! So you're out on the town with friends in northern Michigan? Good heavens. I can see that you're having fun so won't tease too much. Stay cozy!

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  6. Looks like the perfect winter get-away....Good company, cozy fires, great food, and beautiful feathered friend. Stay safe and warm. xx Karen

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  7. What a magical drive through the woods. Like Narnia! Stay warm and cozy. I wouldn't mind being snowed in for a day or two.

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  8. Hi Deborah, well it definitely looks cold and snowbound in this part of Michigan. You captured some great pics. You must be having such a great time enjoying the warm fire and staying cozy inside. The pheasant is beautiful. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day. Blessings. xo

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  9. It sounds like a fun time with friends, Deborah! The snowy road view is beautiful!! That's so funny about the mail order bride!!!
    Happy ❤️ Day!!

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  10. Awesome post. And being born in Michigan, I love it - we always went to northern MI or the Upper Peninsula on mini vacations when we were little.

    Growing up on Lake Erie I know all too well the "establishments" with the snow mobiles parked in front - funny you mentioned that, haven't thought about that in years. : - )

    Glad you had a get-away, enjoy yourselves much. Hugs. Tell the ladies HI from Ohio!

    xxoo

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  11. Lovely views of your snowy situation and how handsome that pheasant is. We are to go below zero with wind chills below that this evening but I know that some states have it worse and you are in one of them...luckily with a friend and fellowship :)

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  12. You were brave to drive up into snow country Deborah and the view down the road really is lovely covered in pristine snow.
    Stay warm and safe travels when you return home.

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  13. Sounds like you're getting nice and settled there! I'd forgotten what a good snowfall really looked like. Enjoy your snowy prison while it lasts. Beautiful pheasant :)
    Wendy

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  14. What a fun winter getaway. Love the shot of the snowy country road. Happy Valentine's Day, Deborah!

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  15. Dearest Deborah,
    Wow, you are really in the snow and cold! Looks like our work days in North Dakota, one January... with -40 F real temperature. NEVER again as I came away with a six week lasting bronchitis.
    But nature sure looks gorgeous and that pheasant is a bonus too. Hope he gets a bride in the spring.
    Hugs and stay toasty warm.
    Mariette

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  16. I would have to stay until the thaw! What a winter wonderland! Stay warm and enjoy your visit! Hugs, Diane

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  17. Hi Deborah, your visit looks quite treacherous but indeed beautiful! The restaurant sounded like a good place to eat and the pheasant is so pretty! I hope he gets a bride in the Spring too!

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  18. Wow Deborah it's so beautiful there! I do hope you have a fun time with your friends! Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Julie

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  19. Oh friend, what a beautiful place! The road with snow looks so enchanting :) I went to college in Wisconsin and made some good friends while attending school there. These friends lived in Michigan and it was always fun to drive home with them as I find Michigan to be quite beautiful, and of course it reminds me of Canada which is where I lived for several years.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing, dear one. Hugs to you!

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  20. So very beautiful -- but it reminds me to much of our six years in Iowa -- Brrr! And really tough driving. Stay safe and warm up there!

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  21. Such gorgeous photos. When I was 20, I had the opportunity to travel to Germany with my parents at Christmas. Your photos remind me of the snow scenes there! John is from Detroit MI originally and is happy to live in the South now!

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