Friday, January 23, 2015

Treasure Island in the Snow

It's been a pretty gloomy winter so far.  Here are some snow scenes from our last sunny day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Winter's Walk



For a small town, Rochester is graced with a very nice hospital facility.  Woodlawn, recently enlarged to twice its original size, sits on the old Indiana Fish Hatchery site.  The hospital has put its money where its mouth is--they have a fine network of paths around the grounds--no one around here has an excuse not to take a walk every day in the name of fitness.

For us--it is just a few minutes from the island--and on this day it was the only area that had parking available without six inches of snow to fight through.

If you look hard at the last picture, you can see a few geese taking advantage of the open water.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dealing With the Ice

Off the Island--Shore Side Behind Me

Moving from Water to Ice

Home at Last!

C said I should get my picture in the blog as it's been a few years for me.  I thought it might be useful to show how we deal with the ice when it is in the "water or ice" stage on the lake.  We use the kayak outfitted with a two piece breakdown paddle, two ski poles collapsed to two feet, and one hoe that runs around four feet.  It is common to use all of these items in one trip across. 

Today we ran from ice, using the ski poles and sliding on top, to water using the oar, and back to ice on the shore side using a sharp stroke from the paddle to get on top again.  Lots of good, calorie-burning exercise after the holidays!  We didn't need the hoe, as it comes in more useful when the ice is collapsing all around the kayak and you need to reach out further to find a purchase to move the kayak along.

We had lots of trips across today as C runs an antique business via the mail and I wanted to get her merchandise ready for mailing on the other side before the wind chill moved to below zero--where it will be tomorrow.  If her customers only knew how their antiques traveled!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Ice War Begins


Quite a tug of war around here.  The temperature calls for ice on Lake Manitou--but the wind will not stand for it.  To date the wind has been able to keep the lake mostly open--but we think the tables will turn by Monday--as the air is now still and the weatherman calls for 6 degrees. 

In the meantime, we take advantage of our channel.  The channel is in the lee of the wind, and the ice supports the kayaks as we slide them to and fro.