So, Kiki or Debris (I can't remember which one) over at Diaries would love to go ice fishing. We've been watching ice fishermen and women out our front window for the past few months. I figured I should get some shots and post them for the girls : ) Now, I know they have an uncle who lives not too much beyond our house...but if their mom wanted to shorten the drive a bit--they could always come here to do their ice fishing.
We have been curious about how thick the ice is on the reservoir out in front of our house. Lately we've been seeing lots of fishermen pretty far out on the ice. I've seen 4-wheelers driving around and families pulling sleds with all sorts of tents and gear. A few clues that the ice is fairly solid. I've also heard rumors of ice shacks on another portion of the reservoir and men who drive their pick ups out on the ice to get to their shacks. Who knew?
Saturday the kids and I drove 1/4 mile down the road to the boat launch and got out to explore.
This is the bottom of the boat launch. Normally the dock would be visible just behind the kids. It's now hidden under the ice.
That is the dam just behind that group.
Now I know that extremely pregnant ladies are pretty much advised to stay as far away from ice as they can...but it's not like I was strapping on skates or anything. It did feel a little sketchy holding one tiny hand in each of mine rather than sticking my arms out at my side for balance. Plus, I had a camera and two lenses bouncing off the front of me. We walked very slowly and with shuffling steps, don't worry. I was also a little scared about the ice breaking. You can see many cracks that have "healed" all over the place. "What if we're all a bunch of dumb sheep following the others' lead and taking it for granted that this is safe? How would I save my kids if the ice broke? The camera should be the least of my worries--but we couldn't afford to lose it" were the thoughts roaming through my mind. Obviously I wasn't worried enough to stay off the ice. We walked around and listened to everyone having fun.
A little boy was escorting his freezing cold brother back to their truck and informed us that they had just caught one. Another group with lawn chairs was grumbling about "nobody catching anything".
It was cold and windy. Caroline was the first to admit she was done, and I have to admit I was glad. Ezra wanted to stay there all day. I dragged him off with the promise that sometime soon we would dress more appropriately in all of our snow gear and he could go spend a longer period of time with Daddy on the ice.
Come visit us, Kiki and Debris and you can join Ezra on the ice!