The Events Leading to Spring Break

Life has been really flying by ever since I started working full-time in January, and it has been a challenge to keep my sanity and my focus on the things I want to accomplish for myself and my family. January and February were both intense working months for me, going full strength at three different jobs. It can become too much too fast if you’re not careful. Thus I decided in late February that I had to take the month of March to prioritize the last vestiges of winter outdoor sports that seem to end earlier and earlier each year. For me, this means cross-country skiing, ice-fishing and downhill skiing. I took action and requested some weekend days off in March at Chester Bowl. Then the onrush of spring came like a shot out of the sky on the first weekend of March.

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Spring skiing with a view at Lutsen Mountains, MN.

We went skiing at beautiful Lutsen Mountains on Inna’s birthday to get the “family fun” month started. The weather was already springlike, and the view of Lake Superior was spectacular. The next day we had fabulous sunshine and 57 degrees, and the girls had an awesome last ski race of the season at Chester Bowl. I had arranged to take the day off, Thank God. It was heavenly to “go to work” without having to actually do any work.

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Last ski race of the year, and another second place trophy for Vanessa, and good times with her friend, Elliot.

The following weekend we went to Canada for two days, and I took another Sunday off to do so. The trip to Thunder Bay has become a spring tradition for us. This was another great trip, although there was less novelty the second time around. An ironic thing happened – we never went skiing. Instead, we made three stops on our way to Thunder Bay at Minnesota destinations – Tettegouche State Park, Grand Marais, and Grand Portage State Park.

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Giigoonh! Ojibwe for “fish”. An important word to me.

By the time we made it to Thunder Bay it was already 5 p.m (Thunder Bay is on Eastern Standard Time). We went out to supper, and then the kids wanted to swim in the hotel pool. It was actually a really nice change of pace. It was nice to relax in the hotel that night instead of skiing. The next day we explored the city without our skis on.

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Turtle tile floor at Grand Portage State Park.

We drove home on Sunday to continued warm temperatures in Duluth, and it felt like spring was coming on way too fast. There was still the question of how I would spend my long-awaited spring break (March 14-18.) This week came at a very needed time for me, and I wanted to make the most of it. In the end if was a quiet vacation though, spent mainly at home, taking care of the girls, cooking, and doing extra work translating and at Chester Bowl. All good.

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