White Christmas

“You know, the weather is going to be miserable up there.” I heard this dire warning for months before we moved to Lansing.

I know it is only the first week of winter, but so far, I like the snow. It has given me the opportunity to try out the snow boots I got on clearance last season and my $8 Detroit Police coat from the Salvation Army in Johnson City, Tenn.

On Christmas Eve, after taking the outlet mall in Flint by storm, snow covered Interstate 69 before we could make it back to the Capitol City. The truck got a little squirrely along the way, but we made it safely to Kroger so that we could pick up some beer before heading back to our downtown apartment and take in my first white Christmas. It wasn’t long before I was in the street with a camera, a tripod and a frosty mug full of Bell’s Winter White Ale.

On Christmas morning, the sun was shining and everything outside was covered in a blanket of brilliant white. We made breakfast and quickly ventured outside. With bellies full of eggs and Kowalsky Kwality bacon, we grabbed some cameras and set out for the capitol dome.

There were no buses running or people around to disturb the snow covering downtown Lansing. On the roof of the eight-story parking garage, we found almost a foot of pristine snow laying over a sheet of solid ice. We slid around on the roof of the garage for a while and hung over the side to get some aerial photos before heading back down and wandering around the city center for several hours.

The bargain snow boots kept my feet warm and dry, and the Detroit police coat blocked the frigid temperatures. Below are some of the photos I took on my first white Christmas. You know, the weather really isn’t that miserable (so far).

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