Bed races in Cedarburg

I imagine the first thought most people would have when looking at this photo would be something like “what on earth is going on here?” If so, I guess that means I captured the moment pretty accurately because that was pretty much my thought in the moment. This photo was taken in Cedarburg, WI, which may be the small town festival capital of the world. Lots of towns have small festivals, but Cedarburg takes it to another level and it is reflected in the insane amount of people that flock to this small town a few times a year. This photo was taken during the Winter Festival at the annual bed races. Teams build parade-like floats around a bed frame, dress up in costumes that fit with their bed, throw on their skates, then take to the frozen water just north of the dam to participate in down and back races pitting two teams against each other. A mix of serious competition and absolute hilarity ensues.

Bed races on the ice in Cedarburg, WI

-24ºF

Winter is hitting hard here right now. After nearly a foot of snow with some freezing rain mixed in yesterday, the low temperature tomorrow is going to be -24ºF. The high isn’t much better, at -14ºF. But it doesn’t sound nearly as bad as the wind chill, which may approach -60ºF. Isn’t winter fun? In honor of the “wonderful” winter weather we are having, I thought it would be appropriate to post a wintery photo today, and maybe tomorrow find a photo from someplace warm to at least temporarily escape the bitter cold. This photo was taken a few years ago along the shore of Lake Michigan. After a day of snow and freezing rain, the temperatures dropped rather dramatically (sound familiar?) and, combined with the waves crashing up onto shore, gave the rocks along the shore a good coating of ice, which looked rather nice when combined with the calm water of the lake that day. The layer of ice on the parking lot (which can be seen on the right side of the photo), was not quite as exciting, nor was the layer of ice in many other places that day, but at least it worked well for these rocks.

Ice covered rocks along the shore of Lake Michigan

The -3°F Heatwave

This photo was taken last winter at Beaver Brook Wildlife Area in northwestern Wisconsin, which has some very nice cross-country ski trails. The weather was rather brutal while we were in the area and on the “warm” day with a high temperate of -3°F, we went cross-country skiing. While the temperature was bitter cold, at least there was no wind and there was even a little sun. This photo was taken in the late afternoon as the sun was disappearing. Not surprisingly, we had the ski trails to ourselves and it was quite peaceful.

Cross-country ski trail in northwestern Wisconsin.