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Welcome Spring!

After a bitter cold winter (albeit with not much snow...only 136" or so for us in Leelanau County), we're glad to see -- and feel -- warmer temps these days. By mid-April, many of our inland lakes have finally opened up, while others were still trying (Indian River's Burt Lake, with close to 3-feet of ice cover, was slow to let go of its winter covers).

Retreating ice on Burt Lake; 4-15-15

Our oldest son, Ethan, appeared to be the first one on Burt Lake this year in a row boat, taking advantage of a sliver of open water that had opened up the day before. He was soon joined by a flock of ducks and geese.

All Michigan's seasons have their own unique beauty, but it is perhaps spring that captures our hearts like no other. From a bitter cold, seemingly lifeless winter can emerge some of the most beautiful flowers, colorful signs of life where only hard ground and snow lay before. Whether rock-hard, frozen ground, or 3' thick ice on our lakes, we never cease to be amazed at how quickly it thaws and softens in seemingly a matter of days under the warm of the lengthening sunlight of spring, giving way to soft ground and open water in less than a week. Perhaps a fitting reminder of the profound impact the warmth of kind words and actions can have on a human soul. As in nature, so in life, eh...Up North.