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Frozen beach cruiser
  

I got my hangar plowed out, repaired a broken water line, and fired up the '76 Volkswagen La Bamba. Two electric heaters took the bitter chill out of the place but the air still felt warmer on the hand inside the refrigerator than in the kitchen; an odd sensation. Whenever it warms up enough to sleep here, it will be warm enough to sleep in the VW so it may just be awhile before I'm officially 'home'.

 

The snow melted quickly on the 9th - the day I got back on the road - but more fell that night. How nice that would have been just weeks ago on Ko Chang with hundred degree temperatures and ninety per cent humidity …  Locals scorn the winter that began around my second week in SE Asia in November and refuses to let up after more than five months.

 

After four days of sunny skies and strong southern winds the snow is once again melting fast. Ice on the nearby Escanaba River broke yesterday  to expose a rippling flow of blue water. Spring is just around the corner and the snow and sunshine make for a fine time to be in the Upper Peninsula.

 

These are the recent week's pictures of the winter that didn't want to end.

 

troysgonewalkabout says:
This was another great read, Dan!
Posted on: Jan 12, 2012
PavelR says:
Hey Dan, I like your blog!
Posted on: May 11, 2008
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Frozen beach cruiser
Frozen beach cruiser
The VW warming up after a long win…
The VW warming up after a long wi…
At Sue & Tims in Gladstone
At Sue & Tim's in Gladstone
More snow
More snow
The Escanaba River breaking up
The Escanaba River breaking up
Lake Michigan ice getting thinner
Lake Michigan ice getting thinner
Gladstone Point
Gladstone Point
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