Another Canadian Moment
(* photos by Friar’s Mom and/or Friar)
While driving from the airport to the ski hill yesterday, we found the following scene:
A frozen lake, with kids playing hockey, and old guys ice fishing.
How much more Canadian can this be?
The answer is NONE.
NONE much more Canadian!
That’s me, below, in the black and red jacket on the left, trying not to break a leg.
But (contrary to what you see in movies or comic strips), it’s actually relatively rare to find ice like this on a lake. You might only get this a few weeks (or days) out of the whole year.
Yes, our lakes freeze. But they’re quickly covered with snow, and the only way to get across them is by snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe. You don’t often see huge expanses of mirror-smooth glassy ice like this, where you can just put on your skates and start a pick-up game of hockey. It has to be the right combination of calm water, and sudden deep freeze, and no snow.
Friar’s Mom found a single aspen leaf trapped in the ice, hundred of yards a way from any tree. How it got there, we don’t know, but she managed to capture a good photo of it.