Trying to enjoy a vacation this time of year in Minnesota is just plain hard. When it’s not raining, it’s blowing. When it’s not blowing, it’s freezing. Sometimes it’s doing all three at the same time. Once in a while you glimpse the sun and hope returns—for a second.
My husband likes to get a jump on things. Go early – get back sooner. That sort of thing. I’m not sure why, but I follow where he leads. It might be some of that farmer boy blood still runs through his veins and causes him to get up every morning at 5:30 regardless of the need to be anywhere. Spring makes him think of plowing and planting, early to bed, early to rise, and beating the birds out of those worms. That’s why he likes to go on vacation before it’s truly weather compatible. We always get there before the crowds show up. In fact, I’ve seldom seen a crowd anywhere we’ve been.
We left for the Black Hills at ten in the morning the other day. The sky was clear and blue as a Robin’s egg. The weather forecast said mid-sixties for the week, although it was mid-forties when we started out. We rode our motorcycles west. A definite chill was in the air, but we were prepared. We’d dressed warmly with coats, overpants, gloves, etc.
The wind whipped dark clouds across the face of the sun until they eventually blanketed the sky, handing low and heavy with dread. I thought bright, happy thoughts for about forty miles—until my brain froze, my fingers had a severe case of frost-bite and were unable to bend, and snot froze on the end of my nose. I signaled my husband to pull over.
We had brunch at McDonalds while we thawed out long enough to survive the return trip home. It was a short vacation, but very stimulating. Maybe next time we’ll make it to Mankato.
I hear the weather isn’t so bad farther south. If we could just get over the state line.