It Looks Like It's Here to Stay

Finally, it is looking like true winter, both by land and by sea.  I was gone for several days in the last week, so I missed the warmer temperatures.  That was fine with me, as I didn't want to see our snow disappear.  By the time I returned, we were well into our new round of winter, with seven to eight inches falling.  Driving was a little slow, but I happily did it, because new snow is usually worth it.  Even better, this batch of snow means that trail grooming begins today.  Yay! Time to pull out the skis!

To top it off, the lake looks like it has finally, finally frozen completely.  While I was gone, Greg said that the lead on the north side had opened up.  When I saw it in daylight, I was surprised by the size of it.  Mercifully, we didn't have any wind, so the rest of the ice did not break up.  After a reading of minus five this morning, daylight revealed a white expanse. 

It looks like the Northwoods is wearing its holiday finery.  Let the celebrating begin!

 Can you see the darker ice towards the north side?  That is where the new ice begins.

Can you see the darker ice towards the north side?  That is where the new ice begins.