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Monday, January 13, 2014

I am one of those people who pick a word each year and focus the upcoming year on that word. My word is explore. Here is my reasoning for choosing the word explore.

If you are thinking getting outside and exploring, you are right to an extent. I do want to go to new places, try new things, have some grand adventures - but I am also looking at some inside exploring. I will blog more on that later.

Yesterday, I went to visit the Lake Michigan lakeshore in northern Michigan. I got up early, drove 3 hours, put on my winter gear and took advantage of a beautiful day in northern Michigan. We started our trip in Glen Haven and worked our way south on M22, stopping at various spots in Sleeping Bear and other lakeshore towns.

Perhaps you saw clips on the internet of the ice balls in Lake Michigan in Sleeping Bear during the Polar Vortex storm. Many of them have washed ashore, others have collected and formed an ice cap on the lake. Here's what they looked like on Sunday.

The Lake Michigan shore is one of my most favorite places in the world. In the summer the beaches are filled with people. In the winter, you can usually count the people on one or two hands! The winter snow and ice is quite a contrast to the warm sand of summer!

So my workout this Sunday consisted of hiking out to the shoreline, scaling piles of ice and climbing snow covered hills, exploring caves of ice. Quite different than my walking on the treadmill in my basement.

The lighthouses standing guard.
Empire beach
Point Betsie Grand Haven north pier South Haven (2013) St Joe (2013) St Joe (2013) Grand Haven Ludington
Someone playing hockey at Point Betsie on the ice cap - you can't really tell, but that is about a 15 foot drop to the frigid lake at the end of the cap!

And even with all the forces of nature, you can't help but leave with a sense of serenity, in touch with your spirituality, and an appreciation for the beauty of nature!
my fellow explorer Lynda and me.

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  • SARIC_33
    Oh my goodness - so much cold -- brr. I don't think I could handle it. - Beautiful pictures.
    2711 days ago
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    I usually hide in Winter! But your pictures make me want to explore and enjoy the winter wonderland ~ awesome, beautiful pictures!

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    2712 days ago
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    Beautiful pictures!
    2713 days ago
    So beautiful!
    2713 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13838073
    I LOVE IT!
    One of my goals this year is to spend more time outside. I just think that's where we belong...

    thanks for sharing the pics...and your heart!

    love you so!
    2713 days ago
    love it and thanks for sharing.. Great pictures and I can feel the serenity from the pictures..

    Can wait to see more pictures as you Explore this year !!

    2714 days ago
    Awesome, thanks for sharing!
    2714 days ago
    Stunning! Thank you for taking the time to share and what a great word for the year!
    2715 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12785407
    Great pictures! That is something I want to do too, but haven't done yet... visit the lake in the winter.
    2715 days ago
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    wonderful blog, thank you!
    2715 days ago
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    You are braver than me getting out for a walk in that weather. Great pictures and some great exploring. Lots of melting of snow going on here the last couple of days, but I think we have more on the way. Stay warm!
    2715 days ago
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