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Havoc the Swift FoxI saw this adorable photo of Havoc, a sweet swift fox, on the Endangered Wolf Center’s Facebook page, and I can’t stop smiling! It makes me miss the wolf center even more.

The center has been closed to the public since the very beginning of April for breeding season, and it won’t reopen its doors until Wednesday, June 19. After that, visitors can make very easy reservations to see these beautiful animals on a tour, throw yummy treats to them during an Enrichment Experience, or even howl with them during the center’s many different kinds of wolf howls (ranging from Wine and Cheese to Ice Cream to Campfire, and many more!).

I really can’t wait to go back and visit the wolves and swift foxes! I’m even taking my best friends with me, too, so they can check ’em out and enjoy the place as much as I do! 🙂

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Great White SharkI don’t know who took this (and apparently no one else does either), but this person is seriously awesome.

A coworker, who also loves sharks like I do, saw this photo and article and shared it with me, so I thought I would share it with you all!

I know if I saw this happen in front of me, I would be awe-struck and full of wonder. I would probably also faint and find out that I soiled myself. Just saying!

Check it all out here! 🙂

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Isle Royale and the Milky WayIt’s amazing what perspective can do.

Sometimes our troubles seem like the biggest, most insurmountable things in our lives, like they’re the only things that exist and that matter. So often we can get so wrapped up in our own world – our victories, our trials and sorrows, our weight-loss progression and just how many calories we’ve consumed during lunch, that guy in front of you who’s going just a few miles under the speed limit and won’t get over. Sometimes we can let our worries and frustrations get the best of us, letting them overwhelm us and totally consume us.

In times like these, we all need some perspective. The world is so much bigger than us and our worries. And yes, the world IS exquisite, beautiful, and an awe-inspiring work of art.

I saw this video today of the northern lights and stars that are visible in Northern Michigan (I’m talking about mostly the Upper Peninsula), and I thought, “Well, this will be a nice little clip to see, I guess.” I had no idea how much it would affect me. It made me forget all of my problems, and it took me out of my little world and made me wake up a little bit, reminding me that my fears and problems are nothing in comparison to the majesty of the world. I was stunned. And, of course, I wished so badly that I could just pack my bags and head up north.

If you can spare a few minutes, please check out this amazing video put together by Shawn Malone, which showcases the stunning beauty of the world and universe that God created. It’s so unreal; I just can’t get over the sheer beauty and magnitude of the world! Enjoy!! (And be sure to check out the guy’s amazing photography as well!)

North Country Dreamland from LakeSuperiorPhoto on Vimeo.

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On my way to work the other day, I decided to put in one of my favorite discs, Greetings From Michigan, The Great Lakes State! by Sufjan Stevens. It’s one of those discs that when played, especially in nice weather, it takes me back to that wonderful place in time in which my husband and I visited the beautiful state of Michigan. One song particularly took me back to two of my favorite locations in Michigan – “Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie.”

I really feel as if Sufjan does a fantastic job capturing these two fantastic locations, places that I can never forget for many reasons. Since listening to the song, I long to stand on the warm, soft sands of Sleeping Bear, west of Traverse City. I desire to stand on one of those beautiful sand dunes to see the glorious Lake Michigan below me. I’d give about anything to slip silently into the lake once more and allow it to gently jostle and move me around in its undulating waves.

I’m sad that I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted to in either location. I would’ve scoured the western beaches of Michigan and stolen a few hours away to swim and lounge by the lake. I would’ve dug a bit deeper into the very old history of Sault Ste. Marie, and I definitely would have gotten my passport and traveled for some time into Canada, visiting the “other” Sault Ste. Marie. I would have taken more time to take in all of the smells, the hues of the sky and the lakes, and the feel of the wind blowing my hair in the breezy, mild July weather. I would give anything to go back.

But until I do get the opportunity to journey northward, I must allow myself to bask in the happy memories that I shared with my husband. I will look at the bottles of Lake Superior sand on my desk with great fondness. I will gaze longingly at the photos I took of the beautiful state. And I will listen to this disc again and again and again, especially to this song.

Take a listen to this tune and see what you think!

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Spring is Coming!Happy 1st day of spring! I can’t believe that winter is over already! Everyone around me is very excited for the new season, even if today is abnormally frigid and windy. Me? I’m sort of in the middle. I’m happy for warmer temperatures but at the same time, I’m not.

This morning, I decided to make a list of all the springtime things I’m looking forward to and things I’m really dreading. Feel free to comment on what you love and hate about spring!

Reasons Why Spring Rules:

*Warmer temperatures!
*No more wearing coats in the car
*The trees will be blooming and looking colorful and pretty again
*Springtime thunderstorms!!!!
*I can walk outside with my beagle more easily after work and not shiver to death
*BASEBALL SEASON WILL BE STARTING! Go, Tigers!
*Driving down with the windows
*We can have more outdoor adventures more often!
*Random roadtrips around the area
*Won’t have to worry about ice nearly as much when driving to and from work
*Flowers! Yay!
*I can start putting together my plans to spruce up the yard. 🙂

SpringReasons Why I Dread Spring:

*One word – INSECTS. O_O* I’m so not looking forward to seeing wasps again, especially since they decided last fall to start sneaking into our basement. I’m just now getting used to coming down into the basement, you know (I’m deathly afraid of wasps and bees).
*Allergies!
*ROAD CONSTRUCTION. Even this morning, out of nowhere road construction was being done on my stretch of Interstate (which isn’t by anything populous).
*The reemergence of farm equipment on the roads
*I have to wait till June to visit with my beloved wolves again due to mating season. JUNE, you guys! I’ll miss them lots.
*The heat will be coming back soon. 😦
*I have to wait until winter to wear my Michigan mittens. Boooooooo!
*I don’t feel very confident about my body just yet, so I am not looking forward to wearing “less” clothing. :/
*Potential work days outside, only because there are a lot of wasps around here.

I’m looking forward to the change of season, though! I wish we had a little more snow this year, but we got a LOT more than we did last year.

I hope you all have a great first day of spring!

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This weekend, I got to visit the beautiful wolves and African Painted Dogs at the Endangered Wolf Center for an Enrichment Experience, which meant throwing delicious foods and treats to one pack. (I will post about that later on.)

As I was escorted to my car by one of the keepers away from the wolf enclosures, my ears were greeted by a familiar sound – wolf howls. The Mexican gray wolf pack decided that it was a good time to have a rousing howl, and all around me the howls breezed, hauntingly gorgeous. The keeper and I had turned around to face the direction of the wolves (though we couldn’t see them) and just stood there, listening in silence. It was as if the wolves were saying, “Goodbye for now!”

You can hear the howls here! Sorry for the wind noise – it was a pretty windy day that day.

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Empire, MichiganExcuse me while I daydream about the Great Lakes State for a bit!

Sometimes when I’m driving to or from work (which is an hour-long commute one way), I pretend like I’m taking the back roads and Interstates of Michigan on the way to something more fun, somewhere like Traverse City, St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, or somewhere by one of the beautiful Great Lakes. *sigh* One day I’ll go back. 🙂

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