MICHIGAN MONDAYS | BELLE ISLE SNOW DAY

Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
During a welcome lull in the Polar Vortex, Warren and I braved the skating rink otherwise known as I-94 to romp around Detroit’s Belle Isle Park like a couple of St. Bernards. A couple of very cold St. Bernards. 
I felt every single degree of the -30 wind chill, despite my furry hooded puffer vest, duffle coat, and siren red cap. And I thought Iowa was cold!
Amy Lee Scott | Club Narwhal
But it was worth it, even just to shake off the cabin fever. Because snow drifts and stark trees against that blue, blue sky made me appreciate winter’s icy beauty–though I was more than fine spending the rest of the afternoon curled up with a mug of cocoa and a pile of books. 
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
Belle Isle, like the lovely Guardian Building, is a Detroit landmark. Plus, since it was recently dubbed a Michigan state park, the winding roads were actually plowed! Huzzah!
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
Fun fact: The park’s initial design was created by Frederick Law Olmstead, one of the co-designers of Central and Prospect Parks in Manhattan. If only it had retained its Golden Days glory. But, alas, Belle Isle has fallen into a state of not exactly disrepair but definite neglect. I’ll be interested to see how it evolves under its new management. 
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
But its graceful bridges and gorgeous conservatory are reminders of the good ol’ days. 
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
Belle Isle is a delight to visit in any season and winter is no exception. I bet it would be an awesome place to snow shoe, especially if you make it out to the marble memorial lighthouse on the eastern tip of the island. 
Belle Isle Park Snow Day |  #Detroit
What’s your favorite way to spend a snow day? 
Snow Day Quote - Susan Orlean #quotes
Warren spent a good chunk of his shoveling heaps of snow. His goal is to get the pile taller than me. From the rate we’re going this winter, I think his goal is within reach!
Check out other Michigan Mondays for more mitten state adventures. Take a virtual tour of our favorite Detroit haunts here. 

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