Over the weekend I talked about the excitement in the air over the colder temps.
At church the older men behind me ( in their 70s & 80s) were talking about how we’re “makin’ ice” now and asking each other if they knew anyone that had been out yet. One man said he knew a guy (maybe his son? I was trying not to be too obvious in my eavesdropping) that had tested it out, but the rock he’d thrown out went right through the ice so “he’s gonna wait a bit”.
Sure enough as I was leaving town yesterday to do some shopping, I passed one truck leaving the gas station pulling a fish house. Then, less than half a block later there were a couple of guys leaving the bait shop and walking back to their truck. The back of the truck held a portable fish house, some buckets, a little heater…all the paraphernalia.
Now I can’t think that the ice is thick enough for a fish house of any kind right now, but maybe on some of the smaller lakes. We literally have hundreds of lakes in our county, within an hour radius.
And the really crazy thing, the reason that I am even telling you all this, is that Saturday some smart guy decided to take his BOAT out on one of the lakes. He admits he had to break a little ice to get out on open water. Then it froze back in around shore, the man’s motor stalled out and he had to be rescued. I bet he doesn’t live that down any time soon. Yesterday that lake was completely frozen over.
So my deck doors are frozen up and it is about 10 degrees. There’s an inch of snow on the ground with a little more expected tomorrow. My husband is out-of-town for work until tomorrow night, but Wednesday I’m sure he’s planning to go fishing.
Should I remind him to take his life jacket?