Out doors is calling this warm late December

If this is global climate change, count me in!

We do love us a good, batten-the-hatches snowfall. One that closes the schools and shuts down the state office buildings, as in 1991. (Remember a co-worker who drove in to Madison all the way from Beloit only to find the doors locked.) Last year at this time the snow was already piled high around Blaska Stately Manor. Then again, last year Halloween was without snow.

Wednesday’s (12-25-19) high was recorded at 55º F. A fresh snow is lovely but so are the gentle browns out there today. Makes for darn good outdoors weather, which the Old Squire using to walk off some of the ham and chocolate martinis so tempting this time of year. Our smartphone Pacer app recorded 4,948 steps yesterday, Christmas Day — most of them at the University of Wisconsin’s Arboretum here in Madison WI. (Consult the lovely map.)

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We entered off Seminole Hwy, parked at the first gravel parking lot and hiked through Curtis Prairie before turning north, where we skirted the lovely visitor’s center for the Longenecker horticultural garden. The latter is usually a springtime visit to take in the flowering crabapple trees, magnolias and lilacs. But their winter forms reveal wizened fruits and shapely interests. We headed up the hill through the pines, junipers, and spruces, thence out to the road (McCaffrey Drive) where the few motorists gave right-of-way to bicyclists and impossibly thin runners wearing their costly, specialized jogging wear.

Our walk measured 1.6 miles over 46 minutes. Hey, we’re starting slow and building up to more. All of that negated only a couple of Moscow Mules, according to the app. We once strapped on our vintage, wooden cross country skis almost daily. The south portion of the Arboretum, on the other side of the Beltline, offered gentle hills and a combination of deep woods and open grasslands. But those lovely skis are gone, replaced by a growing waistline.

There remains plenty of Arboretum to visit, places like Gallistel Woods and the walk on Arboretum Drive on the south shore of placid Lake Wingra. Maybe today. Weather looks good. Baby’s got new shoes.

What are YOU doing today?

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19 Responses to Out doors is calling this warm late December

  1. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    “If this is global climate change, count me in.” Me too. Unfortunately, the effects of this alleged–and I do mean alleged–phenomenon seem to be confined to places like Greenland and Antarctica where winter lasts all year ’round instead of only half the year, like Wisconsin. In the two decades of so since the prophets of (climate) doom have been issuing their apocalyptic predictions, I’ve been waiting breathlessly for palm trees to start sprouting in these parts–without satisfaction. It’s easy for locals, accustomed to winters that are an interminable, soul-crushing nightmare, to be grateful for a rare, brief reprieve in late December, forgetting that there are places in the world where this kind of winter weather is NORMAL My number one New Year’s resolution is to decamp to one of them ASAP.

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  2. dad29 says:

    ham and chocolate martini

    I have never had one of those. Perhaps an additional well-placed definite article would be useful.–Ed.

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  3. old baldy says:

    Geez, you guys still haven’t figured out the difference between weather and climate. And prbably never will.

    A chocolate martini doesn’t sound good. Is it shaken, or stirred?

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @hankdog/old baldy;

      “you guys still haven’t figured out the difference between weather and climate”

      REALITY: Climate is what you expect…Weather is what you get.

      LaLaLoopyLoonyLeftyLand: Climate, if it can be remotely tethered to the ever-moving goalposts of the Warmalista AlarmaCYSTS, is weather, and we’re all doomed.

      Weather, if it can be remotely tethered to the ever-moving goalposts of the Warmalista AlarmaCYSTS, is climate, and we’re all doomed.

      Brrr!!

      The Gotch

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Weather is what liberals conflate with climate when hectoring the rest of us on the evils of “climate change.”

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      • old baldy says:

        glk:

        Wrongo, weather is what deniers use in feeble and ill-informed attempts to ridicule the smart folks.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          ”weather is what deniers use in feeble and ill-informed attempts to ridicule the smart folks.” (bold mine)

          Isn’t THAT cute! @hankdog/old baldy using the Deniers handle.

          During the evolution of Global Warming to Climate Change to Climate Emergency to Climate Catastrophe to Global Weirding to term-du-jour, Warmalista AlarmaCYSTS were more than content to refer to non-brainwashed as skeptics.

          Eventually, their handlers (without whom the great unwashed Warmies would be lost!) realized that skepticism is THE most basic aspect of scientific inquiry.

          Well, they couldn’t have that! Perception is everything, especially to those being led around by the nostrils by the likes of Fat Albert and the Climate Criminals, so you saw a barely noticeable pivot from skeptics to deniers, like “Holocaust Deniers.”

          The handlers were happy because the imbecilic rank-n-file had been properly herded, and the imbecilic rank-n-file were happy because they still didn’t have to actually think or cogitate critically.

          “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, SKEPTICISM IS THE HIGHEST OF DUTIES; BLIND FAITH THE ONE UNPARDONABLE SIN” (bolds/caps mine) Thomas Huxley

          Brrr!!!

          The Gotch

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  4. Batman says:

    Dang!
    That’s gonna leave a mark for sure.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Sorry OB, universal consensus on the science by qualified professionals won’t sway these guys. The Denialsaurs don’t accept science. They’re ideologues.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        Only idiots hilariously claim universal consensus (CON US for short) on Climate Change.

        @AnonyBob hilariously claims there’s universal consensus on Climate Change.

        Solve for X

        Brrr!!!

        The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          You guys are fast becoming a smaller and smaller minority on this subject. Ever wonder why?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old baldy has taken the proactive approach of taking fewer evil fossil-fuel-gulping vehicle trips.

          C’mon, he’s completely eliminated trips to the barber.

          Brrr!!!

          The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Credit where credit is due; @hankdog/old baldy Walks the Walk in cutting back…on EVIL fossil-fuel powered vehicle trips to the barber…

      Brrr!!!

      The Gotch

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Don’t continue to make a fool of yourself, The Gotch has forgotten more about Climate Change than you’ll ever know.

    Run along before he smacks you with some Inconvenient Truth.

    Before you do, please tell us what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and what you’ll do going forward to address the Global Warming That’s Here And Worse Than The Models Predicted.

    To the credit of @hankdog/old baldy, he’s cut WAY back on EVIL fossil-fuel vehicle trips, and he doesn’t make any to the barber…

    Brrr!!!

    The Gotch

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