We did something today that we've never ever done before and maybe will never do again (at least not if we don't have another winter like this one!)
Do you see in the lower right that mitten shape? That's us. Michigan. Do you see all that whiteness, that snow coming at us? Streaking down from the north, crossing Lake Superior and straight across Lake Michigan, covering us with snow? It's been very steady, very, very steady all winter. And cold. Very, very cold. Well, because of that snow and cold, Lake Michigan, that big puddle to the left of the mitten that's covered in streaks of snow is 80% frozen over. It hasn't been this ice covered in over 20 years.
That means today we could do this....
How far out I am! Any other time I'd need a boat for this view!
PH was carrying my hat. No wind, lots of sunshine = no hat or gloves!
If we strayed off the path we stood the chance of tripping on upchucked ice.
it is now just two days later and a friend went out to try to do what we did on Sunday afternoon. She couldn't because the ice has melted and it's open water again right at the end of the pier. Truly astounding to see her pictures, just TWO days later, which unfortunately won't load on the the blog for you to see.
Since this post I have been chastised by friends who wonder where my senses were that day. Didn't I know better than to go out on that ice? Didn't I know there are soft spots and holes and ledges hidden by the snow? Didn't I understand the danger? Yes, I did know better, I do know about the holes and soft spots and I am the first one to tell everyone about the danger. But in pictures from friends who did the walk the day before I saw a clearly delineated path that people were walking on and so we dared. I'll never do it again. I understand the danger. But oh, I am so glad we did it!