A rainy day is a blessing

Nothing says Grand Marais to me like the creepy fish sticking out of the “Beaver House”… I’m not making this up, it’s a huge fish with it’s own phallic properties, sticking out of a place called the Beaver House.  I’m not sure what they sell there, because I can’t bring myself to go in — suffice it to say that it’s not some kind of fun “adult” store — I think it’s sporting goods or something.

We’re staying down the street from there for a few days — in a beautiful and (because it’s low season) affordable condo right on the lake.  Even with the doors and windows closed, we can hear Lake Superior waves.

So far we’ve had really nice weather — and we’ve appreciated it.  When you’re in northern MN and it’s almost 60 degrees ANYTIME, but especially in March, it’s a time to get out and do things.  It’s also time for the youngins to wear shorts.  Just about everyone we saw under the age of 18 was wearing shorts — with boots, because it was melty — mind you, there was still about 2 feet of snow on the ground — but, for them it’s spring.

Today is a gray day, all rainy and misty.  It’s not a great day to get out and take photos — and it’s exactly what we need.  The big “plan” for the day is to go to the grocery store for some yummy stuff Andy is going to cook.  We’ll watch movies, nap, cook and generally enjoy our beautiful place.

Garrison Keilor once said something about sunshine being oppressive, like you feel the need to DO SOMETHING.  The context was a monologue about the joy of winter, which lets you stay inside and not necessarily feel the need to get out… that’s the kind of day we need today.

I think every longish vacation needs some down time, and it’s fortunate that the ever-changing weather in northern MN has given that to us.


One Response

  1. You’re absolutely right. That fish does look a mite rigid.

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