Once thing I love about going to different places is seeing how the locals have evolved with their environment. Maybe I’ve had more time to just observe, since I’m sort of out of commission, but this trip it seems like it seems more foreign that usually.
Up in Northern Wisconsin, in the winter, this climate is harsh. People really need to be ready or it could be deadly. The temperatures are so much lower than most the rest of the country ever encounters, we don’t even have any idea it even occurs.
I spent a winter in Grand Forks North Dakota, where the winters are harsh. I remember asking a girl there if all the cars there have plugs for block heaters. She didn’t know that cars came without them.
A couple New Year’s ago, we were out on the Hemlock Ridge at midnight and the actual temperature was around -35. I think the high temperature the day was -12 or something silly like that. Dennis’ ski race is Saturday and they keep changing the forecast. The high now is supposed to be -2, with a low of -20. It is lucky there isn’t as much wind in skiing as cycling, but it is still cold. 42 km at -5 would be tough. But, he’s lucky it isn’t Sunday. The high temperature is -8 on Sunday. It is crazy.
Okay, here are some photos from the last few days up here.