When Goodbye Isn’t Sad

Northwoods Journal

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Pete’s alarm went off at 5 a.m. and the two guys were out the door by 5:45.  I thought for sure I wouldn’t go back to sleep but it’s a funny thing, if you force your eyes to stay open, they’ll soon slide closed! LOL  Next thing I knew, it was 7:30.  Thankfully the guys lit a fire in the wood burner before they left so it wasn’t too gosh-awful cold in the living room when we got up.

Mark and I lingered over coffee but no big breakfast this morning, just cereal.  Mark said if I wanted to bundle up good he would drive me over to De Cheau Lake to take some photos but the sky was heavy, with a light snow falling, so not really good conditions for photography. We decided we better just pack up, since we were down to our last two logs for the fire and our last few gallons of clean water.  For once I wasn’t sad to pack up, although I was a bit sorry to leave my puzzle unfinished.  Looks like it will have to wait until Easter.

Mark drove out through Elk Valley.  We saw one big white-tail deer bounding through the snow.  It was a slow drive home with icy road conditions.  Mark held his speed steady but everyone was flying around us like we were sitting still – much too fast for the conditions.  I lost track of how many vehicles I saw spun off the road along I75 and US23.  South of Flint we were stuck in a traffic jam for a long time, barely crawling along due to an accident involving two pick-up trucks, one with a snowmobile trailer.  As we crept along we passed another pickup pointed in the wrong direction, his front bumper crumpled from a collision with the guard rail.  Needless to say, we were relieved to get home safely!  It will probably be two or three months before we head north again.

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