Seriously, in breaking news, THE BIG DIPPER IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON!!
The Big Dipper is the closest authentic ice cream stand to my house. Authentic, as in free-standing, seasonal, and owned by an individual as opposed to a chain franchise. And bless this particular individual, who leaves his nice warm seasonal home in Florida every spring to come back to the still-frozen North to open up his ice cream stand.
The Big Dipper usually opens for the season the last weekend in March. So I found a reason to drive past it this weekend, and YES!! It was open.
Did I do a U-ey and get myself a cone? You bet your butt. Did I eat it in the car, with the heater on, because it was only 30 degrees out? Also affirmative. And I was surrounded by people sitting in their cars, with the heaters running, getting their first soft-serve fix of the season. Evidently, I am not alone.