Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winter, Where Art Thou?

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It's the second week of January and I'm way too focused on the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Yes, there's a lot to be excited about for fans of the reigning American League Central Division Champions Detroit Tigers who are an early favorite to repeat as division champs and are highlighted by AL MVP and CY Young winner Justin Verlander as well as perennial MVP candidate, Miguel Cabrera. My participation in fantasy baseball is also contributing to a personal countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training (February 18!).

But there's something else in play. It's the weather. The last two days in Grand Rapids have seen highs near 50 degrees (record tying 53 in Traverse City). Local news showed Michiganders out playing golf and mowing their lawns. Even today, with snow reportedly on the way, it's rainy and almost 40; more along the lines of a late-March day than mid-January.

It certainly is not the weather I was expecting when I decided to return home to Michigan last summer. I was looking forward to the snow and particularly going out skiing and snowboarding again.

My window to comment on the mild winter is likely closing, but I couldn't help but think that, in mid-January, instead of scraping ice and snow off the car, I was contemplating hooking up the hose and washing it.

Snow is expected tonight and there's still time for lots of winter sports fun to be had across the Mitten state. I'm still hoping to make a ski trip up to Boyne (with a side trip to Short's in Bellaire). Santa brought me my ticket to the sold out Michigan Winter Beer Festival (February 25). And I just got an email from the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City for their Winter Wow!Fest which features a Snowball Softball Tournament which could be a fun time.

What winter sports, events, or activities are you looking forward to this winter or wish you could look forward to if you were back in Michigan? Let us know.

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