What explains the appeal of a beach in winter? Then, the more desolate, forbidding, and uncomfortable the beach, the more delicious the experience of being there is. More
Winter bikers are a special breed. The diehards continue to bike, even on the most frigid days. I see them in the Loop as night is falling, mounting their rented Divvy bikes, or pedaling along on bikes that they own. Their teeth are clenched, faces drawn, their eyes have a wild, unseeing look to them, particularly when they first get going. Those first few yards register a special shock, as the arctic air whistles against their tender eyeballs, cold muscles, skin. More
A commuter waits for the el at mid-day. The snow and cold have been unrelenting. Thank goodness for the heat lamps in the platform shelters–without them, the wait for a train would be unbearable indeed.