Every March, Northern Michiganders see the first signs of spring. The sun comes out, snow starts melting, craft brewers set up for a party in the woods, and lots of people come out of hiding after hibernating all winter. Yes! This weekend was the Annual Suds and Snow Ultimate Party in the Woods! So we headed up the hill to Timber Ridge RV Resort and Campground on the East side of Traverse City to join in on the fun!
My great friend Joyce and I equipped ourselves for a great day!
Turns out a lot of people showed up for the great time! Craft Brewers came out from all over Michigan to serve up their best icy cold beverages… Short’s Brewery, Bell’s, Founder’s, Storm Cloud, and North Peak were just a few of the booths set up out in the woods. If you couldn’t manage to find a beer you liked, there were also Ciders and Wines as well. The event is one that my friends look forward to every year! Did I mention the bands that played throughout the day were amazing! It’s one of the ways we get through winter.
I always run into people I know! This fun lady is a friend from high school, Laurie Phillips. Always ready for a good time! She’s just one of my favorite people!
Hanging out at the Tiki on Wheels created by John and Debbie Russell from Bellaire, Michigan.
So next March, if you need a boost to get through those last weeks of winter, don’t forget to listen for the party in the woods! Suds and Snow
Yes, I live in Northern Michigan… It starts snowing here about November 15th (sometimes October 1st, depending on the year…) and it never stops until about March 31st.
When I was younger, I loved that first sign of a good snow storm. I kept my downhill ski equipment loaded in my trunk so I could head on over to the hills (Michigan has hills, not mountains.) and ski to my heart’s content.
Somewhere along the timeline, my preference changed… Most of my ski buddies quit skiing, or moved away. Now I prefer a nice sunset with palm trees in the silhouette! It just happens with age, I guess. My love for Mogul hopping has turned into a love for sunshine, boating… and crafting by a fireplace if I can’t travel. Occasionally I spy my ski equipment stashed in the corner of my garage and think “maybe… just maybe it’s like riding a bike”. Well… it is, until you wake up in the morning and every muscle in your body is locked up in pain. It’s worth it now and then just to get out there and feel that rush, and know that “I’ve still got it!”…even though jumps and bumps are more or less off limits, because I just don’t want to break any bones.
The view from my office window in the wintertime, does not include sunshine. Just white fluffy flakes falling from a cloudy sky. Sometimes they aren’t so fluffy… those are the ones that pile up fast and heavy on the ground. Then you have to shovel… A LOT! It’s so cold out there sometimes that my eyelashes freeze up and my face hurts!
Friend: “Want to meet for drinks after work?”
Me: “No… I wish I could, but I have to get home and shovel two tons of snow off of my sidewalks.” (At least I got smart and hired someone to plow my driveway!)
This is my common conversation this time of year. My adorable 12 lb. dog loves that she gets to race around outside while I shovel. She goes back into the house with a face full of snow balls that melt all over the floor in a big puddle. I guess the bright side is that I can count that as quality entertainment.
My brain needs sunshine… warmth… sea shells… Yes, I need to plan a trip to somewhere warm with palm trees and sunsets! Meanwhile, I hope you all enjoy the beautiful view from my office window. “Sledding anyone???” I say, as I pour myself that hot cocoa with some favorite creamy liquor infused liquid!
I sure do miss summer! 😞😎🤣