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January 31, 2014

It can be too cold sometimes


We spent most of the night playing gin rummy by the light of a Coleman Lantern. It passed the time as the winds howled and snow blew outside. We snacked on pepperoni and cheese and washed it down with a couple of beers to keep them from freezing solid.

Morning came and another foot of snow covered everything. One thing I remember was that breakfast we fixed at daybreak. But when it’s that cold anything warm sure hits the spot. We heated up cans of Dinty Moore Stew that we had kept in our sleeping bags to keep from freezing during the night.

We made a gallant effort but finally decided that we were wasting our time. Besides, more snow was expected that night with frigid temperatures well below zero. So defeated by winter, we packed up and headed home.

I wasn’t disappointed. We marked it off as another great adventure. I know many of you think antics such as those are totally crazy. Rightfully so, but I’ve always believed that insanity helps you cope with life.

So chalk one up for Mother Nature. She always has the upper hand.

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at    

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