It was a bit warmer today at around 5 F and sunny at times. We ventured out to L&M Fleet Supply for new headgear for Dave. He walks to and from work – just under 10 minutes – and could use some new gear truly designed for this climate. I have taken him in the car when the weather’s been really nasty, but I think he enjoys the walk when it’s doable.
He’s starting to take on the appearance of The Invisible Man just a wee bit, eh?
Our first stop actually was the recycle station not far from home. We had a couple of boxes to “donate.” One was from a new ceramic heater. We use a couple of those in different rooms to supplement the gas floor heat now and then. The other was from …
Half of our living room looks more like a bike shop/workout area. Ha! Good thing we aren’t wanting a dining table, as the bikes and this piece of equipment are where a table would be. Unconventional, but it works for us.
Now that Winter has settled in for real, Dave obviously isn’t getting any bike time on the roads (or anywhere else, for that matter) and I’m not getting my walking. We initially talked about joining a gym for the winter months – him for the cycle/spinning equipment and me for walking equipment - but this makes much more sense and is less expensive than a membership. At least we can keep the blood flowing and retain some sanity during these really cold months. This way we don’t have to pile on coats and gloves, drive someplace, change into workout gear, use public equipment, pile on coats and gloves again … you get the idea. Again, it’s waaaay less than a membership would have been for both of us.
After those two errands were done and dusted, we decided to drive down to the lake and take a look. Ended up at one of the various parks in town, and ended up doing this …
Me on Lake Bemidji
Dave on the lake. Note the truck cruising along in the background!
That was my first time to walk on a lake. Now I can say I’ve done it. Guess we’re adapting to and embracing living back #UpNorth.
Oh! Yes, it’s been incredibly cold, even for up here. Bemidji now has a hashtag - #brrrmidji. Ha!
So our wee outing today was fun! It’s so easy to just stay indoors and at home when it’s cold out but, you know what? Life goes on up here and one just needs to get out and about when it’s safe to do so. Errands still have to be run, and there’s some silly fun to be had around town and the area during Winter.
This sure as heck beats sweating and being miserable in warmer climes, and we’re happy and grateful that we’re back up in the #MinnesotaNorthwoods #UpNorth and #brrrmidji.
Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and warm out there, okay?