Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

treacherous trip


The drive was brutal and took 5 hours instead of 3, but we’re all alive and stayed on the road… despite driving through a snow storm.

The snowy farm on Lake Leelanau. I think we got about 5 inches of snow yesterday.



There's a deer in the house!


22 responses

  1. So glad to know you made it, Sis! I was holding you and the girls in my prayers in my prayers for the people being battered by the winter storms in the North Country.
    Now have a good time, deer.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    • melissakoski

      Deer big brother, We are safe- luckily…lots of cars off the roads. Yowza, but it’s been a fun and relaxing time since we arrived! xo

      January 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

  2. first image has great color value.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    • melissakoski


      January 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

  3. Wow! That must have been quite the storm. Like the Rev, I was thinking about you, too. Glad to hear that all is well. Have a great weekend now. :-)

    P.S. Pretty picture. I love that area of the state. :-)

    January 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

    • melissakoski

      It’s so beautiful up here. It’s nice and sunny today! (: xoxo

      January 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

  4. Amy

    Glad you went up early and made it safely!! Have a fun weekend!

    January 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Aim.. it may be that I traveled through the worst of the storm in the end. (: Love you!

      January 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

  5. Glad you made it safe and sound. In central VA a few snow flakes is treated like a disaster. Local weather sends reporters to several different parts of the area and folks go running to the store to buy milk and bread. What’s really funny is snow rarely stays on the ground for more than a day or so, lol. The natives cannot drive in snow. I do pretty well having spent a year in the “Finger Lakes” region of NY and up at my cabin in WV it’s a different world. I returned to school at the ripe young age of 43 and commuted daily to nearby James Madison University from my cabin for three years so I’ve had a lot of experience. Oh yeah, 28 years of undergraduate work finally paid off. I made better grades too because (a) I was paying for it – not mom and dad and (b) I worked my butt off which is very different from when I was 18. The upstairs loft area of my cabin was one great dorm room! As a geography major, my “dorm” was (and still is) a strange combination of cartography and late 60s – early 70s hippie posters!! Can you say retro?

    January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    • melissakoski

      Is there a big storm headed to your cabin area Louis? Welcome back (:

      January 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

  6. WOW! Now I’m a little embarrassed I was calling that light, dusting we got earlier a “snow storm”.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    • melissakoski

      Tori, It probably did seem like a full blown storm when you’re used to the southern weather. (: It has been the weirdest lack of winter weather this year.

      January 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

  7. Snow!! What a nice photo! Oh we need so much more snow in Utah right now. This winter has been lame so far :(

    January 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    • melissakoski

      We are short about 20 inches from our usual winter average already! It was nice to finally see some snow!

      January 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

  8. I hate white knuckle driving. Hardly seems worth the trip. But then I don’t drive. My wife does. I hide in the back seat.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    • melissakoski

      I am right there with you David! My shoulders were so tense when I got here. My best friend moved here almost two years ago making the trip worth it every time.

      January 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

  9. Hey, glad you made it safe and sound, I’m not sorry we don’t get that much snow, l had too much of it as a child in northern England. We are having so much sun here in valpolicella, the snow has stayed in the mountains and alps this year. Ciao Lynne

    January 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

  10. beautiful photos. stay safe.

    January 14, 2012 at 6:23 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks! Last week my friend’s sister hurt her knee sledding here. (:

      January 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

  11. Oh, Melissa… beautiful. That’s where we’ll be planting ourselves in retirement. I’m hoping for the red barn, and all. Even the snow!! Such a lovely shot!

    January 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    • melissakoski

      I was shocked at the color I could find. It was such a padded peacefulness. We’re retiring there too- race ya. (:

      January 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  12. So pure white snow in the first photo Lovely.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:23 am


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