Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Blues and Winter Whites

Despite streaks of sunshine slicing through the blue tinged clouds it was apparent that post-Christmas winter has hit the Lansing area. It is at this time of year that those who usually enjoy or tolerate the Lansing area begin their downward spiral of winter loathing. The accumulation from the one and only storm has been plowed and shoveled off into piles. Trails of brave wanderers meander through the unprocessed areas and the over used areas are death traps of icy patches. The wind gusts, that during the fall months would give hints of a future guest, have unpacked and made themselves very comfortable. A nip in the air has turned into wind chills; sometimes dangerously so. The warmth of the holiday spirit has also exited the building. The joy and excited and the anticipation of the holiday has waned. The gifts have been given and received. The parties have been tended to. The leftovers are just that, left over. The blackened bulbs, once immediately replaced have been left for next years tending. And the blow up out-door decorations are left without air; deflated. The holidays have been deflated. Boxed up. Exchanged. Now we are left with just plain winter. A cold, snowy, windy winter. However dreary this may seem it can open the door for so many things. Warm things, or cold things. There is ice fishing or snuggling by a warm fire. There is skiing and there are warm drinks. There are snowball fights and watching movies cozy under a blanket. The greatest thing about Lansing, Michigan is the ability to do all of these. I can go skiing at Lake Lansing North and come home and snuggle around the fireplace. Our drinks seem warmer here because those tending to us know we need them warmer. Our winters are cold and snowy but that just makes us warmer and cozier on the inside.

Winter Wonderland

I have been looking forward to the time that I could post a blog with accompanying photos for a winter walk. That day has finally arrived. Of course our first good snowfall here in the Lansing area has come in the form of a blizzard. It’s not a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer kind of blizzard but still, it’s a good six inches, dropping temperatures and strong winds blowing it all around. Driving was slow. The city hasn’t plowed yet since it is waiting until most of the snow falls to save time and money. Until then it’s not so fun driving around unless you like driving 30 mph with the possibility of doing a doughnut at any time. This time I was happy to get out of my car and walk. I love the way the snow covers everything, clinging to branches and leaves; the weight of it slowly bending large branches towards the ground. The heaviness of this snowfall gave all my photos a soft black and white feel to them. I think this walk is better left showing than telling. Check out the photos on my City Saunter facebook page and flickr page. I hope you enjoy them!

City Saunter Update

It seems that holidays make for poor time management. Who knew? I have found that taking time to walk has taken a back seat to a trip to Frankenmuth, two trips to Alma, a drive to Kalamazoo for my son’s diving meet and the Kalamazoo holiday parade, a trip to Old Town for An Old Town Dickens’ Village, the Lansing Center for Festival of the Trees,  Peacock Road Tree Farm for a tree (although we didn’t get one) and Discount Tree Farm (which we did get one. They have great prices too!). We stopped in at the Lansing City Market on Shop Local Black Friday where we were able to taste test some fantastic apple wine from the Uncle John’s Cider Mill shop.  A taste was all we needed too since we splurged and bought a bottle. It is a great dessert wine but also adds wonderful flavor to sautéed mushrooms! We also stopped at Cravings Popcorn in Old Town and bought a large apple cinnamon popcorn. We are frequently traveling around and through Lansing, I just haven’t had time to stop and walk much.

I wanted to use this break to put out some updates and seek out ideas! I have been getting some great input from friends. I’ve had multiple offers from folks to join me on my walks, which I LOVE. I would really like to push the charity aspect of this adventure. If anyone has ideas for how we could use these walks for charity I would love to get with you. I have some of my own as well! I also had a friend say he thought this sauntering idea would make a great exercise campaign for others, with possible incentives. I love that idea too!

Finally here are some numbers. As of December 1st I’ve been walking for 2 months. I have traveled 14.24 miles thus far. I’ve been to about 6 different neighborhoods. I haven’t had a bad experience yet.

Thank you all for following this experience. I can’t wait to continue and see what is new around the corner and into the new year!

Hope your holiday season is full of joy and wonder.