Winter wonderland finally makes it to North Dakota
Last winter was a treat, a present, but it was so painful.
I don't mean a physical pain, but it was more of an emotional hurt.
It was like waking up on Christmas morning and realizing your parents left to go to Florida without you. It was like there were no presents.
Snow is the most free present of all. Your parents don't have to pay for it, you don't have to wish for it and it's something that everyone can enjoy.
However, the mild winter last year did have its advantages. Also working as a sports reporter, Sports Editor Dustin Monke and I were able to travel to games with much more ease. It also helped the population of pheasants in North Dakota after three tough winters.
But what's in it for me?
I hadn't experienced that mild of a winter since I can remember, but with a new year brings new possibilities. That possibility was snow.
When I accepted the position in Dickinson, all people talked about how cold it was and multiple people said there was snowfall in June. That was something that I needed to see. Unfortunately a true blizzard or massive snowfall never really happened.
I love winter. It means it's time to go sledding, snowboarding and more importantly, play hockey outside. Two out of the three activities I just listed weren't possible last year. The hills were barren and kids hiking back up the hill for another 30 seconds of excitement weren't there.
The only glimpse of continuing winteresque experience I had last year was covering the Dickinson High boys hockey team.
There were points in time last year where I just sat at my desk at The Press and looked out the window wondering when the snow was going to come. People I kept talking to said, "It's going to happen. It's going to happen." Well no, it didn't.
That's why this year I'm glad winter didn't fool us for months before tricking us. When I saw the snow fall from one day to the next, I got excited. I was like a little kid on Christmas morning opening presents.
I didn't ask for anything for Christmas nor did I want anything. I got exactly what I didn't last year, a winter wonderland.
McGregor is the outdoors reporter at The Dickinson Press.