Our Winter Escapades
Heres 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, Ill
give you a hint. Theres 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
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.
Heres 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. Its seemingly
a never-ending battle to keep the driveway clear. And I have
to tell you, Ive 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 Im sure most of you dont know about
yet. Its 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 theyd 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, weve got all this snow, we might as well enjoy
Im 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. Ill let you know how it goes.
Heres one final riddle: whats
that noise at Arctic Circle Ski Center? Its me screaming
all the way down the hill! Enjoy the snowy weather and be
assured that summer IS coming. Eventually
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"