This year’s New Year’s resolution was to thaw out a bit in late December. Yes, even we winter- crazy Minnesotans don’t mind thawing out occasionally. If you drive just about straight south from flyover country north (Minnesota) you eventually reach flyover country south (South Texas.)
The Gulf of Mexico, bounded by sand dunes and yes even palm trees on the southern edges, is salty and it contains some fine-eating fish. Although the temperatures might be in the 50s and 60s; they are at least 50 or 60 degrees warmer than Minnesota. We make do with sweatshirts, as opposed to snowmobile suits, and wade-fishing in the Gulf as opposed to drilling through a couple feet of ice. Seashells are amazingly abundant on the sandy shoreline, an added attraction for beach visitors. We did catch some fine saltwater fish and enjoyed the local cuisine provided by those waters.
One just doesn’t want to stay too long or your might get used to it and we really didn’t want our blood to get too thin. The return drive to northern flyover country saw the thermometer on our vehicle drop from 70° above zero, to 12° below zero when he reached home. Well, I guess its back to drilling holes in the ice and shoveling out the snow-plugged doorways.