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I have a love/hate relationship with Michigan in the spring.
Even though the furnace just kicked on, I love the fact that I can hear the spring birds singing outside this morning. And I hate the fact that the furnace will continue to kick on for another six weeks or more.
While the sun is shining today and it’s warm enough (50 degrees) to drive with your window down at least a little bit (and I love this), I hate the fact that the average daily high temperature at the end of April is only 63 degrees. To make matters worse, according to Weather Spark, the median cloud cover is expected to be 81 to 87 percent over the next month, and yes, it is highly likely that we will have snow at least one more time (and more than likely several more times) yet this spring.
But perhaps the most difficult aspect of Michigan springs for me is how long it takes for flowers to begin blooming and trees to get their leaves. I’m not a big fan of the color brown – except when it comes to chocolate – and brown is the predominant color in Michigan right now.
I’m an Arizona girl at heart, at least in the spring.
Today, in Tombstone, Arizona where I grew up, it’s 77 degrees and the world’s largest rose tree is nearing full bloom. To be fair, I did find a couple of tiny leaves and new growth beginning on one of my rose bushes today, but it just doesn’t compare.
I really do wish I could sneak in a quick Rehearsing RetirementTM trip to Tombstone this spring. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. If you have the opportunity, however, I highly recommend visiting the Rose Tree Museum while you’re there.
World’s Largest Rose Tree
The blooming of the world’s largest rose tree is a rare sight to behold. The tree covers nearly 5000 square feet in the backyard of the Rose Tree Museum. When in full bloom, the top of the tree is covered with clusters of tiny, White Lady Banksia roses, and if there’s a breeze, you can smell the roses all over town. If the weather holds, there are usually roses on the tree until early May, but the best time to see it is between now and mid-April. Tombstone’s Annual Rose Festival will celebrate the tree’s 132nd blooming on April 7th – 9th, 2017.
If you go, tell them Ethel Robertson Macia’s great granddaughter sent you. And it would be okay if you shared your pictures too.
If not Arizona, then where?
One thing about spring that I didn’t fully understand when I lived in Arizona is Spring Break season. After living in Massachusetts and Michigan for 34 years (4 in MA & 30 in MI), I get it!
Because we spent a week in Dallas last month – check out my Destination Dallas post – and we have several other trips planned for later in the year, our spring break trip is going to be a little bit lower key. That said, St. Louis is warmer than West Michigan, and my daughter just texted me that the flowers are blooming there – just what I need to hold me until summer (my favorite season) arrives in Michigan.
Now it’s your turn.
What do you love or hate about spring? Are you going on a spring break trip? If so, where to?
Leave a comment below, and let’s get this conversation going!