I'm trying really hard not to jump the gun here ( whatever the heck that means)

Today is the seventh of February, the high is supposed to be around 46 degrees. Now I have lived out here in North Dakota ( eight years now ) not to fall into a trap believing that our cold weather is behind us, BUT I can let you know that 5 GREAT things WILL be happening soon in Bismarck/Mandan. This is something you can plan on, and even practice at for the most part. I'll explain more on that in just a bit.

I'm all about the change of seasons out here in North Dakota

Don't get me wrong, I am not embracing snow and five layers of clothing when I walk slowly ( ice on the ground doesn't mix well with my Adidas tennis shoes ) out to my car. I'm from San Diego where the "Change of seasons" is from 70 degrees to about 50 degrees during the winter. So I do actually find it still refreshing to see the colors of fall and such.

I'm learning to appreciate the early days of summer ( very early days, since it hasn't begun yet )

So what are the first signs of summer in your mind? When do you finally see daylight and that the end of the dreaded under 0 degrees is finally over, for now?

Heck, this Thursday is going to be 50 PLUS degrees and with that, I give you 5 GREAT things happening soon in Bismarck!

 

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