Dec 26-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: December: Dec 26-11
Checking the ice    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Steve Brimm
Shadows    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Steve Brimm
The crack    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Steve Brimm
Lake Fanny Hooe    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Steve Brimm

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 07:53 am:

Steve Brimm and Amanda Wais headed out onto Lake Fanny Hooe, last week one day, to inspect the ice. Kind of looks like Amanda thought the ice might need a cleaning, but read on and you'll find out why she had a mop with her. Steve took the pictures and Amanda blogged about it, so let me turn the notes over to her, to tell about their adventure on ice.

There is a fine line between listening to what EVERYone else tells you and doing what you know you can do. Here is my example.

Tuesday was a beautifully sunny day. Sooo unseasonably gorgeous. Since it's natural for me to want to be in the most sun possible, my heart was steering me to Lake Fanny Hooe. I was out the day before, and I knew it was traversable. I wanted to go skating. "No." "Don't go out yet." "Don't do it by yourself."

Those were the comments from my townsfolk. I appreciate their concern. So instead, I found Steve Brimm to come out with me. We carried long poles (his was a garden hoe, mine was a mop) in case we did go through. He didn't have skates, so we slid around in out boots.

Verdict: the ice is fine. It was at least three inches thick. I was going to skate on it the next day.
Amanda did skate on Lake Fanny Hooe the next day and enjoyed it immensely, but unfortunately we don't have photos of that to share with you all. In case you're wondering about the giant crack in the ice... Amanda and Steve said it runs from one shore, at the mouth of the Manganese Falls, to the north shore on the other side, but is quite solid. Could it be that it's caused from water movement at the mouth of the falls?

Sure looks like a splendid day they had as Lake Fanny Hooe's unofficial ice inspectors.
Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 08:12 am:

That ice really does look awesome to skate on!! Fun times, for sure!

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 08:15 am:

That is one humungous crack! Wonder if its movement ever makes noise?

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 08:16 am:

...looks clean too.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 08:48 am:

I wondered if she was doing a manual Zamboni process to get the ice ready for a game!

Interesting about the crack... and how the snow piled up right around it.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 09:49 am:

I can't skate and most importantly, I can't swim, and with that big crack showing, nobody has to worry about me beating a path to your domain UP there.:] Y'all just enjoy!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 10:34 am:

Love the photo of the shadows of them and their dog.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 02:17 pm:

Amanda doesn't blog every day, but her posts are always fun to read if you want to know about doings in Copper Harbor.

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 03:24 pm:

Ice as with everything else expands and contracts with changes in temperature. That's what causes those cracks. I've heard them being created on Keweenaw bay on sunny days. It sounds like a traveling continuous gun shot.

By Hollidays (Hollybranches) on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 04:16 pm:

Almost got up to 50 in Ontonagon today. Here's what ice-skating should look like today;

By Dale Beitz (Dbeitz) on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 08:32 am:

As a teenager I used to go ice fishing on Saginaw Bay with my dad and granddad. There were always cracks in the ice like that, the locals usually called them "shoves" because the crack made a place for the pressure of the expanding ice to be released, and there was always a hump at the crack where the edges shoved against each other and slid upward slightly. It's that hump that catches the snow.

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