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I've been showing you a few winter activities that can be fun. I showed you kids sledding down a hill. Then I showed you some people ice fishing. Now here's another one, ice skating. The people in this picture are playing a game of hockey, which involves skating.
I took this one at Sumac Pointe while I was there. These people are having a great time playing hockey. They cleared off the ice to make a skating rink, so they could play. The ice appears to be plenty thick enough to hold the weight of all these people.
This is more evidence that there is plenty to do outside when it's cold and snowy. The ice on top of the water seems to create so many opportunities to have a different kind of fun. Things like swimming and boating aren't going to happen this time of year.
There is only one problem with all of these icy events. I said before that I was afraid to go out on the ice myself, but it's okay for other people. Now I'm going to show you part of the reason why I'm afraid.
Here is a place only a short distance down the street from Sumac Pointe. Somebody made an ice skating rink here too. You can see it right behind the sign right there. As you can see, the sign says, "Danger, Ice Unsafe".
Why aren't there any people playing on this one today? Look in the middle of the rink. It's a little darker than the edges. I don't trust it at all! Actually, there is snow on the edges. That's probably why the colors are different, but I'm still not convinced that the sign is wrong. It's better to be safe than sorry.
I'm sure there is really nothing wrong here. It was still cold enough to make this ice very safe. The people back there skating and having fun were all perfectly safe. But I have seen way too many movies where somebody inevitably fell through the ice.
Now for the reason I came back to Sumac Pointe! I would have made this a separate post, but it was too related to the other part. I came back specifically to get a shot of this sign. I took a few pictures of it last summer, because I thought it was out of place on that warm day.
It was posted right at the water's edge, and I didn't see any ice. I guess it would have been unsafe if I tried to walk on it then. It struck me as funny to see it back then when there was only water. So I decided that when winter came, I would come back and take another photo of it when there was really ice on the lake.
These two photos are very close to being identical, except for the different seasons. Everything was taken from just the same spot. The only big difference is the picnic table that is now gone. Somebody probably pushed it into the water. It's now frozen under the ice.
That's it for today. Like I said before, I have some new and different things coming. They're still similar to my other things, but new and exciting all the same. I have some wintertime things that will only get better when the warm weather gets here. I can't wait!