In case you missed it before, ice caves are back and as beautiful as ever. They're a rare natural wonder, but be careful if you want to explore, and consider hiring a guide. Leelanau Adventures, who provided the great cover photo above, also offer tours of the caves and lots of great information. Also check out this great segment they made with ABC News

Consider continuing your adventures with a snowshoe tour of the National Lakeshore. That's what the good folks at Tubbs Snowshoes did. Especially with the temperatures as frigid as they have been, getting out on snowshoes  is a real lifesaver. With a good coat and a pair of Tubbs, you'll discover that the Dunes only get more beautiful in the depths of winter. Not quite ready to head out there on your own yet? Try taking a guided snowshoe tour with a Park Ranger  and remember that you can rent snowshoes from The Homestead if you're not quite ready to buy yet.

Photo courtesy of Tubbs Snowshoes

Finally, there's talk in the wind of an increase to the park fee. It seems like visitors may have to pay $15 instead of $10 come 2016. We hate a price increase as much as the next guy, but it goes down a lot easier when that money goes to support a whole lot of great programs. We were reminded of those programs when we read about  the National Park Foundation's "Every Kid in a Park" campaign, which is giving free passes to 4th-graders and their families for the coming year.