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I finally decided it was time to test the ice out.  We wait for this day every year where the ice is just thick enough to skate on and there is no snow.  I have spent more money than I would like to admit for these awesome skates that I pull out whenever a day like this happens and savor it in my memory banks against the price for the blades and skate boots, but they are so worth it when flying across a frozen lake

Nervously heading down the shoreline with my camera figuring that the insurance company will cover my cannon camera if I go through with the good camera and Iphone…. but really it looks safe…..

Making it out to the snag to find frozen animal prints

Funny to be skating over the snag

Heading around the corner by Eagles Nest

Kids following along with hockey sticks.  If mom has made it safely through it must be ok

Great views as the lake pings and pongs under my feet.  My mind tells me it is atleast 6 inches think, but my ears hear the ping and pongs.  Hey guys stick to the shoreline!

Then you come upon ice that looks like this……  it is perfectly safe…. but it sure gives you pause especially with 2 kids following and the cannon camera….  where is chicken little???  He headed for the hills as soon as he saw us heading to the lake with skates

One sure sign that all is safe, is the ice fishermen at the point.  They confirmed it was 6 inches.  They did not have an auger, but a chisel that they slammed into the ice to prove it to me…..  More pings and pongs and I went skating back to shore quickly

Heading back towards the resort.  what is that we see in the distance, 2 figures that agree on a couple of things and one is their dislike of ice

skating back to investigate

skating in the sunset AWESOME!

Yep it is chicken little making a cameo appearance on ice

and Yep it is Troy on the ice as well.  Troy follows a much more sane measure of the safeness of the ice, he waits to see a snowmobile go across so he is assured that all is stable.  I think he came down to make sure he did not have to call the rescue squad after us

Loving the ice and the skates!  If you feel the need to get some awesome skates just ask me when you are here where they came from.  They are an actual x country ski boot clipped into a ski binding attached to a blade.  They have been clocked at just slower than the best speed skates.  They are comfortable, warm and have great ankle support and make me never want to put a pair of figure skates on again torturing my toes and cold as ice

We left Troy and headed to the other side of the lake with confidence that the ice was in good shape.  I accidentally pushed a wrong button on my camera and all the shots have a blue tint to them

I took this picture for Rick Stockton as we passed by his favorite summer spot

Creepy cracks in the ice that continue across the lake.  Just skate over them and try to ignore them

Always the creepy dark holes.  Why does ice freeze this way… no idea but just skate by quickly

We ran into more ice fishermen, fisher kids.  I love the pink ice fishing chair.  First ice is supposed to be some of the best to fish on.  At this point the Green Bay Packers were kicking off against the Oakland Raiders and we all agreed that being out on the ice was hard to give up for the game.

Bernie Lueth came down to see what his granddaughters were doing and give some pointers to his son in law

Time to head back and follow the tracks of some animal on ice

Once back, Grant had to demonstrate skating through the melt water from earlier in the day.  The afternoon sun had melted some of the shoreline ice by our swimming area and it was too much of a temptation to not try skating through

There has to be a name for this cross between ice skating and water skiing.  Time to hang up the skates but it was an awesome afternoon and nobody needed rescuing

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Snowmobile entrance to the lake.  Snow compacted down the ice and it is the only spot to get on the lake.  Why go out on Lower Kaubashine….  To deliver a snack to ice fishermen

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Safe Ice?  They told me it was safe….. and then asked for Sprite and Pretzels for a snack, could I bring them out

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Shore line just to the right of the snowmobile trail… open water….

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Strap on my favorite skates that can quickly get me across the ice before it decides to break through.  These skates are like having rockets on your feet if the ice is smooth.  Don’t ask the price of them unless you love skating as much as I do then they are worth it

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Destination in the distance… Phone call made to Troy, is it really safe?

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Skating along and running into scary black ice spots.  Pull out the cell phone and call friend at work and stay on the phone with her while I skate across the lake unless she needs to call the rescue squad

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Half way across and safe so far.  Cell phone in hand, camera around my neck, skates flying, pretzels and Sprite in my pocket

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The crazy hungry Icefishermen

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Food delivered

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The catch we are risking life and limb for.

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I made it, and I am following my tracks back exactly.

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No ice skates for Troy and Marv to negotiate the ice, instead they use crampons on the ice

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This big perch is the reason they are on early spring ice and the reason I skated very carefully back to shore with my girlfriend on the cellphone with me the whole way