Living in Michigan year round isn’t for the faint of heart, but a lot of us do, and we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Adapting and being flexible is key to making the most out of life in The Mitten State.
1. Half an inch of snow may shut down schools a few states to the south and west, but here in Michigan six inches of snow is just a regular Tuesday in January. We don’t worry until it starts adding up in feet. Even then it just means good skiing for the weekend!
2. Below freezing? So what? If you put enough layers on, you can stay outside all day. Long underwear, pants, sweatshirt, ski pants, socks, boots, coat, hat, scarf, mittens. We make look like the Michelin Man, but we’re warm.
3. The weather is a wild roller coaster ride. Two days ago it was sunny and 65 and we were strolling in the park and eating lunch al fresco. Today it’s below freezing, snow is on the way and we’re ready for a cozy weekend in front of the fire with hot chocolate.
4. We love the way the landscape changes with the seasons, and we use it to our advantage. In the summer sparkling blue waters and white sandy beaches fill our days. In the fall we hike the forests, a wash in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. In the winter pure white snow and ice makes the entire state a playground for winter sports.
5. We do spend a lot of time on and in the water in the summer, and we don’t stop just because it’s frozen. We go ice fishing instead. And here surfing is a winter sport. When the north winds kick up big waves on Lake Superior surfers are out hanging 10.
6. Hiking is a favorite pastime here, and we don’t let snow-covered trails stop us in the winter. We just strap on snowshoes or crampons and keep going.
7. We go biking in the snow. That’s right. Fat Tire bikes make it possible. They have wide rims and extra-large tires that give you traction to power through snow.
8. If the snow piles up too much, we just park our cars and hop on our snowmobiles. Winter keeps trying, but it can’t stop us.
9. A lot of Michiganders are just as comfortable in the city as they are in the woods. You’ll find us working in town all week and playing in the wilderness all weekend.
10. When we got tired of driving all the way through Illinois and Wisconsin to get to the Upper Peninsula, we built one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, the Mackinac Bridge, to shorten our commute. Problem solved!