February remained bitterly cold and Lake Michigan became a solid sheet of ice. We walked our way towards to the surrounding islands on the lake, which gave us some seriously spectacular views. The sun seemed to shine every day.
March was the month of blue ice. Lake Michigan began to form ice caves, which shone a bright blue. We explored these little caverns and traversed the uneven ground of the frozen lake. It was a very cool thing to witness.
April was the month of the surprise wedding. Cody and I spent spring break in Alaska, which we had been missing dearly. The weeks that followed were spent eating good food with friends, climbing mountains, hiking, and finally...getting married in our XtraTuff boots in the shadow of Mendenhall Glacier.
We finally warmed up in May! This was our first month of marriage, and it brought about a whole new type of adventure. Our favorite hiking trails were suddenly no longer buried in snow. Many weekends were spent either cooking out or hiking with our friends.
June was the month that we packed our bags and said goodbye to the island. We had intentions of moving back to Alaska, but instead we spent the summer hanging out with our families in southern Michigan and Illinois.
November was the month of feeling thankful. Family visited the island, the dogs were content, my students wrote me sweet notes, and all was right with the world.
Finally, December showed up. It's been an oddly warm month and we only just started getting snow and winter weather within the last week. Christmas Break came at a perfect time and I am feeling rejuvenated and ready to start back to work. All is well in our little corner of the world.
Your turn...What were a few of your yearly highlights?
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