I spend a lot of time throughout the winter months covering the various college sports at the University of Iowa. Normally when I’m there it’s dark by 4PM and the temperature is cold. Very cold (it is Iowa, after all).
Earlier this year, however, I covered the Big Ten Conference gymnastics championships and got to see an entirely different side of the state — the warm and sunny side. It was like something I had never seen before.
Instead of being cold and grey, the temperature was pleasant and the kids were running around in shorts and T-shirts. The grass was green and the sky was blue. It was damn near magical.
In all fairness, the entire midwest (and all points North on the globe) are cold and colorless this time of year. That being said, it is nice to see an area I so often see as bleak be so bright and colorful once in awhile. It reminder that spring, summer and fall are worth the anguish of winter.