So far this winter we've been treated to some of the most beautiful scenery in living memory. The season began with plentiful snowfall that clung to the branches of the pines creating a visual impression right out of a Currier & Ives painting. Then we were hit with something called the Polar Vortex. It was a wicked week of frigid temps and gusty, north winds that made us appreciate that crackling fireplace all the more. That cold snap left me wondering, if the daily high temperature is below zero can it really be called a high at all?
Recent snowfall and moderate temperatures have created perfect conditions for snowmobiling, Nordic Skiing and just about any outdoor activity. Ice fishing houses are dotting the lakes at every good fishing hole and I know at least one local angler who says the fishing - especially Crappies and Walleyes - is the best he can remember.
Now with daylight hours being extended as we move into March, there is simply more time to enjoy the ourdoors no matter the temperature. Tonight, we lit a campfire down near the lake and the kids toasted some marshmallows for smores. The sticky marshmallow residue on their mittens will come off in the wash but the memories of smore-making on the edge of a snow covered lake are sure to last a lifetime.