Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

you should know the rich have better outdoor bathrooms than you

A rare sunset. The sun always sets, but it's rare to see actually see that happen because of near constant cloud cover.

A rare sunset. I mean. the sun always sets, but it’s rare to see actually see that happen because of near constant cloud cover.


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A sunrise along a creek. It was 0ºF or about 17º C on this morning.

A sunrise along a creek. It was 0ºF or about 17º C on this morning.

There's a little bench off to the right of the water.

There’s a little bench off to the right of the water.

Grape vines

Grape vines

I got tangled in some roses taking the grape vine photo. The deer enjoyed eating some greenery. See the gnawed off ends of the branches? I was surprised to see the green.

I got tangled in some roses taking the grape vine photo. Looks like the deer enjoyed eating some greenery. See the gnawed off ends of the branches? I was surprised to see the green.

My not-boyfriend Eric Fischer from the weather channel retweeted this picture and I was totally geeked out. (a sure sign of a geek)

My not-boyfriend Eric Fischer from the weather channel retweeted this picture and I was totally geeked out. (a sure sign of a geek) It’s snowed another 12″ since this picture was taken.

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The difference between the "haves" and the "have-nots" extends far beyond the disparity between education and social resources. Check out this fancy OUTDOOR bathroom in the fancy pants neighborhood. It is always stocked with rolls and rolls of toilet paper and clean. Once the cross-country skiers started coming out of their mansions a plowed path to the bathroom appeared. Frankly I'm counting down to the first week of May when the trees and shrubs leaf out and I can hit the mountain bike trails even if I have to relieve myself.

The difference between the “haves” and the “have nots” extends far beyond disparity between education and social resources. Check out this fancy OUTDOOR bathroom in the fancy pants neighborhood. It is always stocked with rolls and rolls of toilet paper and cleaned every day. Once the cross country skiers started coming out of their mansions there’s a path to the bathroom plowed. Frankly I’m counting down to the first week of May when the trees and shrubs leaf out and I can hit the mountain bike trails even if I have to relieve myself.

I'm considering changing to longer running socks now that there's a few feet of snow on the ground.

I’m considering changing to longer running socks now that there’s a few feet of snow on the ground…or stirrup pants.

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15 responses

  1. louisva

    I am certainly not wealthy and my mountain cabin is not in a neighborhood but I wired it with a three-way switch set-up and it has a chandelier and, (best of all) HEAT that can be turned on inside the cabin to pre-heat before going! Be looking for a personal email.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh good I’ll check my email!

      February 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  2. Anonymous

    I’m wondering if you’re supposed to run when it’s so cold out….it seems that your lungs might freeze shut….or is that just the lazy person in me talking?

    February 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    • melissakoski

      A mask alleviates any lung freezing. (: When time is limited I can’t workout depending on the weather… just have to do it when I can squeeze it in!

      February 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  3. Brrrrrrrrr!

    February 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    • melissakoski

      Suzy, Can you believe I was sweating?!

      February 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      • Must have been all that physical activity? What keeps you so motivated?

        February 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  4. Do you need to carry a shot gun to the outhouse with you?

    February 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    • melissakoski

      Only if I want to clear out the skiers!

      February 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

  5. Someone needs a pair of snowshoes.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    • melissakoski

      Jomegat- I have snow shoes, but my old lady metabolism needs the running. (:

      February 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  6. Bethanne, I do not know whether your question was aimed @ me or not but I do not own any weapons. I have seen quite a few bears; in fact they seem to derive enjoyment out of scratching up the johnny when I am not there. I DO make some noise, especially at night when walking up the path, lol.

    February 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

  7. Mike Lareau

    Your eye is amazing.I so enjoy reading your work and experiencing your photos. Such a talented and beautiful lady!

    Mike

    February 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Mr. Mike!!

      February 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  8. At least we have warm homes to go back to. Even the poorer in the States usually have that. Not so in other parts of the world. That said, props to you for heading out to exercise in it! I love it! If Iived there, I would, too.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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