Celebrations of Winter . . .
January weather has finally come for a visit to Minnesota. Instead of the rain we had at the beginning of the month, we have now have snow, blowing snow, and cold temperatures. The way things should be. It may be hard to believe, but many Minnesotan’s have been praying for this weather (not the 30-40 below predicted for the next 3 days – just all the rest of it). Yes, the hardiest of us celebrate winter. Since winter sticks around for months, it is necessary for your sanity to find ways to enjoy it.
This morning a call in radio show focused on how Minnesotan’s have fun and celebrate the snow. I was expecting the usual ice fishing tails, snowmobile trail reports, the best places to snowshoe,and cross-country skiing events. However, it seems that Minnesotan’s have gotten much more creative than that. I few years back, ice boat sailing was the new big thing. This year it is the “fat tire bike” trails … yep, mountain biking in the snow, with snow tires!
There is also an annual snow olympics in a small town with fun events such as “driveway luge”, snow golf (with tennis balls, canoe paddles/and 2 ft holes in the snow), and snow angel making (exactly what it sounds like). Imagination and laughter was the under tone of all of the people who called in … it was fun hearing about all their “snow” entertainment ideas … special bocce ball rules for the snow, ice lantern making, and even old-fashioned sledding hills.
(picture from: http://www.grhockeyday.com/)
Today is also “Hockey Day 2013″ in Minnesota. A nearby town (Grand Rapids) is the center of the celebration this year. They have created 3 outdoor hockey rinks on the lake and have quite the party going on today as high school teams compete outside. As well as pick-up neighborhood games and ice skating.
Festivities will probably move indoors tonight and probably stay there for the next couple of days as we are headed into the deep freeze 30 below plus wind at night .. so it will feel colder than that. The winds have begun already tonight. However, that will not stop us from having our winter fun … cups of water tossed up into the below 30 degree air to flash freeze … or how about blowing soap bubbles and creating some interesting lawn ornaments as they freeze as globes before they land on the snow?