Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wild Wacky Winter Weekend

Yesterday we sat by the fireside and watched our fabulous University of Michigan graduates play pro-football. The Jets and the Bengals played, but we were really rooting for our guys - Jay Feely, David Harris, Dhani Jones, and Braylon Edwards. We don't really care much about pro-football, but it's great to be able to see these good athletes again. When you root for the players instead of the teams, you really can't lose!

Today we went to brunch at Hofbrau - it was strange because there was hardly anybody there - there were five people, including us! They have such a huge spread of all kinds of food - we told the waitress we couldn't eat it all :) As we were leaving a group of about 8 came in, but that was it.

Dick humored me - I wanted to see a wintry Lake Michigan. On the way over, we saw our first ice fishing shanties of the season on Crystal Lake. Snow was blowing over all of the east/west roads - really drifting in some places. In other places, it was just swirling madly along the road in front of us. Br-r-r-r.

Frankfort breakwater was wild and crazy.

The wind was very powerful, out of the southwest.
The waves were crashing high over the breakwater, and everything was covered with ice out there.

The Empire Beach was just as wild and woolly - the wind seemed even stronger!

When the spray hit your face, it was partly water and partly sand - free dermabrasion!

It was amazing to see people sledding at Sleeping Bear. It's hard enough to walk up in the summertime. It must have been three times as hard now with the combination of steepness, wild wind, and an icy slope. We saw a total of eight people (mostly quite young) climbing up and sliding down. That's quite a hike for a few seconds of slide.

Exactly how frightened would you be by this Avalanche sign ?? Go figure. Dick said it should say Sandalanche.