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    Our Winter Escapades

    Here’s a riddle for you: why are there two naked people with a door wide open the second week in January in the snowy northeast? Any ideas? Okay, I’ll give you a hint. There’s also one spotted dog barking ferociously at the open door. Thankfully, the now eight month old kitten and the almost seven year old adult cat have not escaped. This was realized after close inspection by one naked Herman.

    The other naked person was yours truly while I was awaiting transport into the shower. The side door was blown open by a terrific wind this morning, which comes off the lake as if it was coming off the Siberian tundra.

    Herman (who is now dressed as I am) just stepped away from the computer to boil noodles as we are having tuna noodle casserole for dinner tonight. We have totally recovered from our former naked selves in the middle of a blizzard.

    Here’s another riddle for you: what goes up and does not come down? Pieces of firewood tossed by Herman onto our steeply pitched steel roof in order to dislodge the snow pack before it actually slid off. He was trying to avoid what turns out to be an almost avalanche beside our drive-under alcove on the north side of the house. It’s seemingly a never-ending battle to keep the driveway clear. And I have to tell you, I’ve NEVER seen snow of this magnitude in all my growing up years, even skiing in Colorado.

    Speaking of skiing, all you winter enthusiasts must be having a blast. I think all the ski areas must be having a great season. Let me recommend a new cross country ski area that I’m sure most of you don’t know about yet. It’s called the Arctic Circle Cross Country Ski Center with 16 kilometers of groomed trails and lodge. Al Gessinger runs the place and plans to have food and a serve drinks in the future. At present anyone can bring a picnic lunch and whatever they’d like to drink and they can ski in "any attire."

    To get to the Arctic Circle, come to Caroga Lake, take a right on the Benson Road (county road 112) go 2 ½ miles and take a right on Persch Road and follow the signs to the Arctic Circle. They also have a great hill maintained for tubing and sledding (bring your own equipment). Hey, we’ve got all this snow, we might as well enjoy it.

    I’m thinking of asking Herman to take me there one snowy weekend so I can enjoy all the outdoor activities. We can bring our own toboggan or our very own double tube we use in the lake. It has handholds for pulling behind a boat-or in this case hanging on as we careen down the hill at Arctic Circle. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Here’s one final riddle: what’s that noise at Arctic Circle Ski Center? It’s me screaming all the way down the hill! Enjoy the snowy weather and be assured that summer IS coming. Eventually…

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"