One thing about this time of year is that there is no shortage of grant proposal deadlines on my calendar! As a result, I am a little late getting out my post about the past week's activities!
A week ago Saturday night on the the back side of Saturday’s ice storm, we picked up several inches of snow to cover up the glaze we gained during the storm! We went from this on Saturday:
To this on Sunday morning!
The good news is that the fresh snow resulted in great conditions for an awesome 17K+ ski at Swedetown! The conditions on Saturday must have discouraged many from getting out on Sunday as the parking area seem abandoned, but the Houghton County road crew had done an awesome job of treating the roads!
My only concern about our ski centered on my need to get new skins on my skis so I can get a better grip going up hills. With winter winding down, this will likely become a priority for off-season maintenance! Come along for a portion of the ski by clicking on this link to the Remote Workforce Keweenaw YouTube channel:
My punch list kept me pretty close to Chassell all week wrapping up a grant proposal, but with some decent weather on Monday I squeezed in a run along US 41:
Wednesday included a really brisk Keweenaw Running Group run (ahead of attending the Chassell Township Board meeting) that started out into a very stiff west wind and wind chill of 2 degrees going up Sharon Avenue in Houghton:
On Friday, the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region hosted an excellent remote worker focus group meeting. We learned about what motivated these remote workers to come to the Keweenaw, the kind of work they do, and to understand challenges they may have faced. I look forward to sharing the results of this effort when it becomes available.
The garage project is starting to wind down! Phil and his crew completed the drywall work on the second floor and after picking up some paint from Sherwin-Williams on Friday, Julie and Jennifer got after it on Saturday!
With the grant proposal work pretty well wrapped up except of a handful of loose ends, we headed out for Courtney Lake down in the Ottawa National Forest for just short of a 7-mile ski with ten of our friends. While it was a blustery day, the forest did a great job of keeping us out of the wind. There were some particularly beautiful places along the way where the snow still clung to the trees!
Driving back on M-26 through Twin Lakes required a stop at Krupp’s Mini Mart for a couple of their outstanding pasties! Definitely one of the best pasties you will find if you are in the area! If you would like to check out the GoPro take on Sunday afternoon’s ski at Courtney Lake, check out this link to the Remote Workforce Keweenaw YouTube Channel at:
Do you embrace winter and have the ability to work remotely? Would you value living in a place with ubiquitous natural beauty that has NO congestion? Consider locating in the Keweenaw to surround yourself with amazing places! If you aren’t sure, come UP here on a workcation to check it out! Learn how at https://www.keweenaw.info/remote-work/ Learn about those who have already made the decision to locate here by following our ongoing series of vignettes on the Remote Workforce Keweenaw Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RemoteWorkforceKeweenaw and be sure to visit us at https://remoteworkforcekeweenaw.com.
It looks like the week ahead will see the first meaningful thaw of the winter as well as some potentially very comfortable afternoon skiing! Check in again next week to see how it goes!