Winter Wonderland

img_1979(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.

Following the path through the prairie.

Following the path through the prairie.

No fishing or swimming that day. For sure.

No fishing or swimming that day. For sure.

Lost in thought in the winter wilderness.  Well, what passes for wilderness in Chikaming Township, Michigan.

Lost in thought in the winter wilderness. Well, what passes for wilderness in Chikaming Township, Michigan.

The majestic stillness of winter.

The majestic stillness of winter.

A portal to the prairie.

A portal to the prairie.

Have snowshoes, will travel.

Have snowshoes, will travel.

Stopping by Warren Woods for one last shot before home.

Stopping by Warren Woods for one last shot before home.

 

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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3 Responses to Winter Wonderland

  1. Ilze says:

    The nature looks so similar to Latvia. Nice!

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