Ice Ice and More Ice

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    skating along a pressure ridge... ice for as far as the eye can see... every four or five years, this part of lake superior freezes (every seventeen years or so, the entire lake freezes...) but rarely do we see it without snow...

    the pressure ridge has some open water... where one sheet of ice is pushing beneath another... it adds to the excitement, as does the creeking and groaning as the ice shifts...

    in a word... exhilerating!

    1. the hesitations and digressions 87 months ago | reply

      eeek, have you told them what to do if they start to fall in?

      once i fell through RIGHT after my dad got done with a little lecture on What To Do When You Hear It Crack And Start Falling, and i stuck out my arms and didn't go under. i was a little amazed and a little mad that if he knew it was so possible, why he'd have us out there....
      of course that was weak Illinois ice! ;)

    2. duluthiscool 87 months ago | reply

      i have offered to them a rescue video from u-tube... and i have offered them protection that a father has... "i am right here with you... this is safe... have fun!!"

      yes. i panic. but i internalize. yes. i have a rope. and a pick hammer. and a life vest...

      but i hover. from a distance. nervously. as they explore... their space... their new found freedom... that this icey space provides...

      i watch. closely. but from a distance. soas not to impede... i try not to overwhelm them... it is difficult for me...

      but... i love to see their faces... as they explore... and bring it back to me... for their first time.

      it is difficult to describe. but you know it. *your* father has shared it with you. i am happy for you and for him. it is good.

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