There is nothing like a Midwestern winter.
I've spent winters in Utah, Nevada, Oregon, the Sierra Nevadas, Montana, and even Southern California. And still, there is nothing like a Midwestern winter.
It's the reason I planned never to live in the Midwest. Life is funny like that.
There are subzero temperatures for weeks at a time, endless gray sunless days, ice storms, and frigid winds.
But, just like the rest of the Midwest, it grows on a person. At at least, stops inhibiting us from going outside. And when we get brave enough to venture out into the cold, this is what we find...
Frozen lakes...perfect for sliding on and ice fishing (we did not participate in the ice fishing.)
Snow covered hills...perfect for sledding.
Ice covered trees and rivers...perfect for eagle watching.
Snow covered children...
And, in my opinion, that's the best view of all.