You know what's really weird when you think about it? Ice.
For oh, about seven months of the year, the bay outside the cabin looks like this.
For the other 5 months it looks more like this:
In a neighboring bay, ice turns the lake into a veritable highway.
Of course ice makes a rather capricious roadway. Ice is in its very nature is treacherous. When too much snow builds up on the ice, lake water leaks over the top of the ice to mix with the snow and creating slushy conditions that are anything but fun to traverse. Wind can cover up paths across the lake's flat frozen terrain in a matter of minutes.
We've been getting a lot more sunshine and warmer temps lately and that means the lake ice is starting its slow spring melt. As the layers of ice and snow melt down, past treks across the ice are re-revealed since compacted tracks from snowmobiles, snowshoes, and boots take longer to melt.
It can be kind of disconcerting to walk across melting ice. As I write this I can hear the ice groaning and cracking outside as it adjusts to warmer "spring-ier" temperatures. But our recent warm "spring" weather was followed by subzero temperatures in the last couple days which refroze the ice into a concrete like substance. Yesterday Andy and I set out down the new (and short-lived) ice "sidewalk" to see where the wind might blow us.
After all that ice talk, it was lovely to find some running water by the "Ripple", where the lake feeds into a river.
On the way home, we scrambled down a cliff,
(which wasn't quite as stable as the lake ice),
found cliff side icicles,
even spied some evergreen polypody poking up through the snow.
Where's your favorite place to wander in the springtime?