In which I forgot to pack my YakTrax / snowshoes

ducklake3This photoooo was taken Saturday, May 25, 2013 on the North Country Trail in the Great Lake State’s Upper Peninsula Two-Hearted River area. [No, we didn’t see Hemingway’s ghost.]

The hike (if you didn’t read my previous blahg entry about it) is along the shores of Gitchee Gumee and much of that area was devastated a year or so ago by a forest faaaarrrr. Snow? On Memorial Day weekend? Well, yes! Why not? I am joking about the YakTrax and snowshoes. I didn’t really need those. My Chacos did just fine with the few bits of snow we encountered, although they are getting so old and decrepit I was kind of wondering if they would make it through nine miles of somewhat strenuous hiking. I kept wondering if I could hike outta there in Smart Wool socks. Note to self: NEW SANDALS! SOON! Maybe I’ll try some Keens too. The problem is that, in order to buy Keens, I’ll have to endure an actual *shopping* trip (to REI) to make sure they fit.

This afternoon? It is hot and muggy here on The Planet Ann Arbor. (Yesterday it was 50 or something and the GG had the damn heat on…) After I got home and did my Workday Five-Minute Gardening thing and folded moomincabin laundry and sorted out still more of The Comm’s old clothes, etc., the tornado siren blew. Why? I do not know. There seemed to be a small, fast-moving storm to the north of us. Did they blow the tornado sirens for the whole dern county because of that? Why? People need to be warned about tornadoes. But if you over-warn people, they will become inured to the warnings and not take them seriously. Especially here in The Southeast Great Lake State, where *most* tornadoes are relatively small and localized and do not usually cause widespread damage or loss of life.

I was off work for a long holiday weekend. It was a wonderful weekend with a good mix of work and play but I could’ve used a few more days off. When I crash-landed yesterday, MMCB had sent a facebook message saying that the only day she could meet this week was this morning. She had just returned from two weeks in Greece [talk about crash landing, except she does this stuff all the time, i.e., the next trip is Taiwan (dunno why she hangs out with meeeee…)] and, knowing that I had taken a long weekend, wondered if I would have a lot of stuff to do at work. I said something like, “Tomorrow, after this long weekend, most of my co-workers will spend the first few hours in a daze.” And we met. And I got to work and we were, indeed in a kind of daze. I am a *designer*! Depending on where we are in the product cycle, we can sometimes put our feet up just a bit. I am a work-a-holic and it took me a long time to figure out that design work involves some down time… I often figure problems out as I am driving home or within “processing dreams” or on my 0-skunk-30 walk.

To Jeep and Pan, I showed the loverly Bear Picture to my co-workers and they loved it!

3 Responses to “In which I forgot to pack my YakTrax / snowshoes”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I keep forgetting to tell you that Alison has a pair of those sandals and loves them. In fact, I think she wore them to her dad’s service. Did you see that clip I posted about creativity? It was awesome. I get my best ideas when I’m out running and my mind is ranging free. 🙂

  2. Aimee Nassoiy Says:

    I’m voting for the Keen try on. . .Seattle or Bellingham? Can’t wait:-)

  3. Pooh Says:

    I love my Keens! I have a pair of MaryJane shoes, and a pair of froghopper green sandals. They both have “rugged rubber baby buggy bumper”* toes, which is good thing for a klutz like me. Both are from REI, Hey, at least with shoes there isn’t the long line for a fitting room!

    *trying saying that fast, five times in a row.