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Michigan Winter

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Welcome to the first installment of Michigan Mondays! To start things off, and in the spirit of early January, I’d like to share some recent and favorite snowy scenes from some of our backyard adventures. Each week I plan to share something Michigan-inspired, such as favorite snapshots from around the U.P. or lower peninsula, along with inspiration and ideas for your own Michigan micro-adventure, vacation, or stay-cation (if you’re one of the lucky ones who calls the Mitten state home!).


Up here in Marquette, along the southern shore of Lake Superior, we’re settling in for a nice, long winter. Nature has graced us with a pleasant blanket of snow, which means we’ve been able to throw on some skis, dig out the wool layers, and make our first marks on the new year’s blank canvas.

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I love winter, the mix of quiet and of play, the blank possibility of freshly fallen snow, and that feeling when you’re making the first few tracks into the woods.

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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a thousand times, it’s like stepping through the wardrobe and out into Narnia when winter arrives in Michigan. Of course, depending on one’s proclivity, that can be either a good thing or a bad thing–as for me and our home, it’s always a good thing. Let it snow!


This winter will find us cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowbiking, with a generous helping of long nights cozied up in front of the fire, sinking into some good books, and generally relaxing into the slowness of the season.


With bright headlamps and a can-do attitude, we’re able to extend the after-work hours of play midweek, taking an easy lap around the xc ski trails, or taking advantage of a particularly perfect snowfall.

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Winter in Michigan means gearing up or settling in for the long haul, as snow can start as early as October, and last well into Spring (or Winter part II), without really warming up until late May or mid June or, sometimes, July. Happily for me, I willingly signed up for this, as I thrive in a Northern climate with lots of snow and far more cooler days than hot sunny ones. And hopefully, whether you’re a snow lover or, well, otherwise, I can bring you some winter scenes to enjoy, if not by the warmth of a fire, than by the glow of your screen.


Be sure to follow along over on Instagram, @thebiglakemi, for more winter photos and stories. Next week I’ll be sharing another Michigan-inspired post on Monday, and check back tomorrow for the first “Travel Tuesday,” in the spirit of weekly blog organization by alliteration!

And let me know—are you a snow lover? Comment below or continue the discussion over on Instagram!

These photos are all from Marquette, Michigan, which is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior.