Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lake Michigan in February

 Since this was the first day in 2 1/2 months that it was above freezing, we thought we'd get out of the house for awhile and take a ride up to our Lake Michigan.  I'm afraid both me and the dogs have gotten cabin fever very badly.  This is the worst winter we've had in forever!  I took Brier and Bella for a little walk this morning at our county park.  I didn't think it would be safe for them to go up to the lake since it's been so cold and 80% of the Great Lakes are frozen.  Lake Michigan was frozen as far as the eye could see.  The hills of sand and snow are actually where the water begins, where the waves build up and form mountains before it freezes.  The mountains are up to 10 feet tall.  It's a quite impressive site.  The main thing I missed was the sound of the waves.  It was eerily quiet.  Last year, we went in February and there were a few icebergs, but you could walk on the sand and see the water.  The dogs could run on the beach.  It's going to be awhile (months) before this all melts.

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about Brier.  He is doing pretty good.  It's been hard in this weather trying to keep him moving when we can't go outside and walk every day because of the extreme cold.  The swimming at Planet Canine is a godsend, keeping up his cardio and his muscle tone.  When he's swimming he's the absolute happiest, without a care in the world.  He had a joyous swim last night with Anna, and we'll swim again on Saturday.  Since the severe weather has finally broken, we can start to go back to the park for short walks until he gets used to it again.  He's got his brand new boots by Ruff Wear which will protect his toes.  Thank you to everyone who cares about Brier...he's my little angel.



Your post is interesting today. You make me so grateful to live in the Southwest…especially after having grown up in MN.

Wendy Mould AFCA said...

Wow!! It looks so cold! We live on the West Coast of Canada and it is really warm here compared to you.
Glad to hear your dog is doing better, our little guy has had a rough winter so I know what it is like to worry about them.