Some people's idea of fish for dinner
I know I'm going to hear from the ice-fishing diehards and devotees on this one. The last few days, the town I live in has really taken to the ice. Most of the time the weather was very overcast and dull, then the sun would pop out and it would be painfully bright. One afternoon it was even pretty windy (and thus quite a bit colder) but people still kept coming. Down the road from my house is a small public access point. It's not a marina, there's nothing except a brief bit of beach that slopes gently into the lake. The sand is a little rough, and there's a lot of stones. (always reminds me of Virginia Wolfe). This winter, folks have come from all over to schlep their gear out, and I mean way out, onto the ice. I wonder how they determine where to stop? Surely the fish can go any where under the ice they please? Perhaps closer to shore the lake is completely frozen, right down to the bottom, so all the fish are further out. Solid ice, surface to sand - wouldn't that present a conceptual barrier to a swimming fish similar to what birds must think when they bump into a window in flight. "Yeow, what the heck was that!" (invisible force field)
Anyway, I watched as car after car created a jam along the road, and the string of huts and ATVs out on the ice grew longer. As for me (much as I like being out in nature) it's just too cold, not enough comfortable seating, no bathrooms...all for a few measly fish (and maybe none). But I guess if you are a person who likes that sort of thing, than you will find ice fishing the sort of thing that you like.
My idea of fish for dinner...
Meanwhile, I have all the symptoms of a bad case of winter Blahs (aka cabin fever). My solution is not, however, to go out into the fray. No, I'm going to make a pot of freshly-ground Aged Sumatra beans (Christmas gift from my BFF Sydney - thanks kiddo!!) and then put my double-disc Kinks greatest hits on the CD player and do some blogging (especially to those of you who live where it's warm!!)
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