I had a very eventful day today! And a very cold one. I have been all over town, and been to so many new places. I've also been to some familiar places, and seen some new things. I'll show some of them to you in the next few days, and here is what will be the beginning of it all.
I went back to Sumac Pointe today. I think I said I was done with this place for awhile. I guess I was wrong, because I soon remembered some unfinished business I had there that could only be done in the winter. That will have to wait, because I got sidetracked by a few other things while I was there.
As soon as I got out of the truck, I noticed that there were people out on the lake today. The last time I was here, there were only footprints. The first people I saw were out there crouched down looking at the ice. Why?
I'm sure you've guessed by now that they were out there ice fishing. For those of you that have never seen this activity; it's where you make a hole through the ice to the water below. Then you lower a fishing line down that hole, in the hopes of catching a fish.
I've never been ice fishing myself. I am terrified that the ice would break under my feet, and I would end up under the water and the ice. I am a terrible swimmer, even after taking swimming lessons as a kid. I really tried hard back then, but I just couldn't conquer my fear. Even a great swimmer would probably drown if they fell through the ice.
I could see that the ice was safe, because there were a lot of people out there, and they were just fine. I still preferred the shore. I could watch from a distance though. It looked like everyone was having a great time out there. My adventures are best done on land though.
Ice fishing is actually very popular here in Michigan. It should be! We have as much water as most islands. We are surrounded by one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, our Great Lakes. In the winter a lot of it freezes over like this, and ice fishing becomes a big thing.
Oh, in case you were wondering, that last picture appears to be a shelter for ice fishing. In the first one they were fishing right out in the open. I don't know exactly how it all works, and I imagine I'll probably never find out. It is still a very interesting activity that many people enjoy. The idea seems fun to me, but I will not be going out on the ice any time soon. If you like ice fishing though, now is the time!