(Chikaming Township Park & Preserve, Michigan) What with the wimpy winter we are having here in southwest, lower Michigan, one wonders when one will get to wonder at a true winter wonderland. Well, the window opened ever so briefly Saturday, January 7 when there was just enough snow and plenty enough cold to paint a pretty winter’s picture at this country-club-of-country-clubs out there on Warren Woods Road where it meets the ever-pulsing I-94 artery that pumps commerce between Detroit and Chicago. With Natalie on the DL for the duration, I threw my Winter Walker snowshoes in the trunk and headed on over to Chikaming Township Park & Preserve for a lonely morning prowl all by my lonesome over the whited-out woods and prairie. I had the park and preserve to myself and loved every step. And, yes, I found that I could go with snowshoes where we had never been able to get to on cross-country skis. Snowshoes rock! And, yes, Natalie does have a fresh pair waiting for her in the storeroom for that happy day when she gets the green light from her physical therapist to mush out into the mush. Of course, when that happy day finally arrives, the snow will all have melted, just as it is melting today, Tuesday, January 10, 2017. But then I am getting my trainer set up today, and will be riding Vinnie the Verve in the storeroom, with the door opened, of course, for the duration of this disappointingly dripping excuse for a winter.