Benny and I went on our first snowshoeing trip on the back trails of the farm today. 17F with sun-a beautiful winter day. I also went cross country skiing at Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails in the later afternoon, but the conditions were quite icy and I ended up with a sprained thumb from one of a few falls on big hills. Getting old sucks. First ice fishing on Crooked Lake in the Sylvania Wilderness tomorrow morning at sunrise. If all goes well, a nice Bluegill and Crappie fish fry tomorrow evening to celebrate good ice. Life in the Western U.P. is good.