Despite the bravado of the last post, depicting my defiance of the cold weather and continuing to enjoy winter activities regardless, I have my limits. And I reached them these past few days. With temperatures reaching -25 at night with highs of only -7 degrees and dangerously low wind chill factors, I did the only sensible thing and retreated. Trading my skis for trips to the swimming pool and limiting my outdoor exposure to hurrying between the front door and the car, I resolved to stay warm.
The one advantage to cold temperatures here in northern Minnesota is that they are nearly always accompanied by clear blue skies. If I couldn’t be outdoors, at least the sun could cheer me up. The hard part was that it looked so inviting. But I knew better. Peering out the windows, taking it in from the warmth of our cozy house was close enough for the time being.
I almost went out yesterday. Rich, being the more macho Minnesotan, went for a short ski. But one look at his frosty garb upon his return convinced me I was wise to hold out for another day.
So today was the day. I watched the temperatures soar through the morning, from -16 when I first got up to +3.5 by 1:00pm. Yes! It was well over my threshold of reasonableness, and soon I was bound for the ski trails. Sweet release! Never mind that the snow was still cold and slow, I was back in the elements and feeling good. I didn’t have much company on the trails, which was no big surprise. My poles squeaked in the frozen snow and my skis made noisy complaints traversing the skate deck, refusing to glide. But I was out there. And it was good. Let the winter continue!