2007 EzineArticles Dev Trip

We just returned from spending 2 days up in Munising, Michigan where our developer team did the “log cabin overnight stay and snowmobile rental” thing for some team building fun.

It snowed about 85% of the time we were up there and the weather was pretty much perfect. If you’ve ever gone snowmobiling (they call it ‘sledding’ or riding ‘snow-machines’ in other parts), you know how much fun it can be to be bundled up in warm clothes, frozen with a smile on your face, exhausted from just trying to hang on and keep up, peaceful serenity from being in the woods/outdoors and happy all at the same time.

…You could tell it was a nerd/geek trip because we had enough wireless technology & computers along with us to solve just about any Internet/web/email problem or settle any debate on the spot… minus the lack of broadband up in the cabin.

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Lance Winslow writes:

Ah ha! Your secret is Team Building! Very sneaky indeed. This looks like a very COOL strategy.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 6:42 PM

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Edward Weiss writes:

Looks fun, white, and cold! Living in San Diego as I do (where it’s now a balmy 65 degrees) I haven’t seen snow for quite a while.

To do that, I have to wait until it rains then go up to the mountains in Julian.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 7:19 PM

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Allen Taylor writes:

Yes, team building – an old military strategy.

As for snow, I’m surprised that we’ve gotten so little this winter in Pennsylvania. Only about 2-3 inches and all of that in the last couple of weeks.

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 8:30 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Yes but did you see Upstate New York? Holy Christmas Batman; 120 inches in some places? So much for Global Warming there?

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 8:38 PM

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Ed Howes writes:

And an Alaskan cruise for the editors in August?

Comment provided February 9, 2007 at 10:32 PM

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Well guys, the UK experienced it’s heaviest snow falls for ten years on Wednesday night/Thursday morning – here we are on Saturday and not a trace in sight.

That’s winter over with, must be time to emerge from hibernation and write a few more articles – yawn, stretch, scratch!

Comment provided February 10, 2007 at 5:01 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

I tell you this GLOBAL WARMING is just freezing everyone to death?

Comment provided February 10, 2007 at 5:38 AM

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With the lake effect snow (Munising is located between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan), they had a 20 inch base of snow up there… and usually receives a couple hundred inches annually.

Comment provided February 10, 2007 at 8:00 AM

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Susan Scharfman writes:

According to some scientists, Gobal Warming can manifest in both weather extremes. Key word is extremes. Despite extreme cold, you guys look like you can summon enough heat energy from your passion for EzineArticles. Cheers and Mush!

suschar

Comment provided February 11, 2007 at 12:52 PM

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Ed Howes writes:

And not just extremes of hot and cold either. But extremely violent storms, higher winds, sustained and peak and eeluge rainfall in terms of inches per hour. Then we get changing patterns as well. Tornadoes where seldom seen before, etc. We have been busy making our planet into a much more hostile and less predictable habitat. But then, who will be around to blame us? Party down!

Comment provided February 11, 2007 at 1:39 PM

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Allen Taylor writes:

Aaah, global warming. I’m skeptical.

Comment provided February 11, 2007 at 6:42 PM

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Ed Howes writes:

Allen,

It is very difficult for me to see why anyone would be skeptical. Economic development is fire dependent. The world has the greatest population in history and the per capita use of fire is increasing on top of that. Where do you believe all the additional heat is going? Into Space?

Comment provided February 11, 2007 at 10:51 PM

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Nathalie writes:

WOW… looks cool. Can I be on the next teambuilding event??? Down under in Sydney, Australia we just had thunder, lightning and loooots of rain but obvioulsy it’s summer… so no snow – even in winter there is not a chance ;…((

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 2:04 PM

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Joel Heyn writes:

Looks like a ton of fun and I think a trip like that is a great way to develop as a team. I am next door in WI and have not ever had the chance to ‘mobile. Next time you are at the Cabin Pick up some yerba mate from http://www.happygaucho.com , it’s another great way to really connect with friends strengthen the bond of friendship

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 2:08 PM

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Allen Taylor writes:

We finally got our first big winter snow this year. It came late but it did come.

Comment provided February 13, 2007 at 2:11 PM

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It is nice to know that team building can be done this way also in the midst of snow.

Will try during next assignment !

thanx Chris for the idea!

Comment provided February 14, 2007 at 1:16 AM

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Susan Scharfman writes:

Natalie: I love your slogan: “Reach for the sky and we’ll take you there.” Nice clean website. Can you tell us just exactly how cold it ever gets where you are? Thanks

suschar

Comment provided February 14, 2007 at 9:26 AM

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Allen Taylor writes:

Be careful what you ask for. It hadn’t snowed here (in S. Central Pennsylvania) but 2 inches all winter until this past week. We got about 6 inches in 2 days, followed by an inch or two of sleet and freezing rain. I had to get the shovel out to rescue my 4-wheel drive SUV only to discover I had a flat tire. Oh, what fun, changing tires in the snow!

Comment provided February 16, 2007 at 6:20 AM

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Some more sled trip photos to share:

The log cabin we stayed in:

The Ski Doo sleds we rented:

Comment provided February 18, 2007 at 1:11 PM

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Susan Scharfman writes:

What luxury. Here I was thinking you snow bunnies were braving it in a snow cave ;)

Comment provided February 18, 2007 at 1:21 PM

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Allen Taylor writes:

Those snow sleds are a blast! I rode my first one ever yesterday and was hooked.

Comment provided February 18, 2007 at 2:04 PM

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