Idiot Wind

The wind has been howling for five straight days, which means that there’s a new soundtrack accompanying me whenever I get up the gumption to go outside: Bob Dylan’s “Idiot Wind.” It’s actually not one of my favorites, and is not particularly “hummable”, but the “idiot wind” lyric certainly resonates on these cold, gray, blustery (to put it mildly!) days.  Really, it is an idiot wind out there.

Yesterday I walked around the frozen lake and found a few folks who were doing a good job of enjoying the moment.  I particularly admired this guy who’d figured out the perfect way to entertain himself while his buddies waited for the fish to bite.



He’d zip across the ice, then pull his sled pack and do it again, over and over.  Gotta love him.

And there was a little fancier version as well:



As for me, I made do with a slower pace and tried to focus on the landscape and the geese and ignore the idiot wind.




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Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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28 Responses to Idiot Wind

  1. Lyle Krahn says:

    Good for that guy to make something good of that infernal wind. I’ve often said it can be a nice day or a windy day but not both. I liked that last photo.

  2. Hanna says:

    Great post 😀 Love the guy with the red ‘sail’

  3. Josh Baker says:

    I love it when people get creative with their recreational choices. I bet that wind chill was something…

  4. Mind Margins says:

    Oh, I feel the same way about the wind. If it’s cold AND windy, my running shoes are staying in the closet.

  5. Mandy says:

    I’m just amazed at the frozen lake. It looks awesome; though you can keep the idiot wind.

  6. Linda R says:

    Good for you for getting out there. Wind just makes me want to hole up in the house with a cup of tea and a book.

  7. LuAnn says:

    Very ingenious although it looks pretty darn cold to me! 😉

  8. oopsjohn says:

    I keep up with the weather in the Livingston/Bozeman area, and saw that even the Interstate was closed recently due to high wind!

  9. wyominglife says:

    When we lived in central Wyoming we often heard ourselves say, “It would be a nice day… if the wind wasn’t blowing.” And we said it A LOT. I’m sort of glad I didn’t think of Idiot Wind (wee-und) cuz it would’ve been playing in my head non-stop in the fall. I don’t think we ever got completely immune to it, even after a decade plus.

    Now that we are in the Bighorn Basin we get to say, “It’s such a nice day. The wind isn’t blowing.”

  10. I have not seen a runner sled like that in decades, nor ever that type of creative use of that sled. Cheers to the impromptu windsurfer.

  11. Haha, I think of the Dylan song too when it’s been windy for more than a couple days.

  12. Terrific shots, all, but that last one is simply exquisite. They may be Silly Geese, but at least they’re not Idiots! 😉

  13. Deano says:

    The homemade sail on the sled is fantastic! 🙂

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