Winter for many people in the northern half of the US is not their favorite season. It is associated with wet, dark days in the Pacific NW, fierce winds and freezing temperatures in the plains, smothering snows in Chicago and Buffalo and it can even give some New Yorkers an attitude. It had been a few years since I had spent winter up north and I had concerns about living just a snowballs throw from Canada. Yes, most days do have some gray and rain in them but you often get a few hours of blue skies and sun too. Although we are further north than parts of Canada the temperatures hit forty something most days and occasionally you’ll see fifty degrees. I have yet to see snow in the city but you can get to skiing or snowshoeing within an hour or two.
Unfortunately my snowshoes and winter gear are in storage along I-70 in Indiana so this winter I spent my time exploring the city, fixing the house, taking classes and hiking. Winter in the Pacific NW has been more enjoyable than I expected but I may be the wrong person to speak on this matter. I also enjoyed my winters in Chicago, upstate New York and the Mojave Desert. Perhaps I am like Kalinda on the Good Wife, “I’m flexible.”