Bring it on, 2013.

I worked the week of Christmas, but Sara and I managed to sneak a quick trip to the Midwest to see family to say good bye to 2012 and usher in the New Year. It was a wonderfully relaxing time with good food, family, and refreshingly cold weather. I must be wired a little funny, because when I woke up on on January 1st to see the temperature at -15 degrees Fahrenheit, I just smiled and got outside as quick as I could. ¬†Something about that cold, brisk air is just so vitalizing (that’s assuming your dressed properly, of course).
It was a wonderful trip for many reasons. Here, let me show you.
Negative degrees. Awesome. 
Great mornings.

The cold shore.

Expanding ice. Cracks that reach across the lake.
Taking a couple kids fishing.

Skated across most of the lake. Great ice.

Skating and fishing on lakes is something that is definitely not in Norfolk, Virginia.

Grain Belt: Nordeast. A tasty local brew.

Sky lanterns on New Years.

Another tasty Minnesota treat.
A great man.

Painted a brown trout for my dad.
Remnants of the Pike spear fisherman.
Lots of family.
2012 was great, so bring it on, 2013. We are ready for you.