The sun has finally returned. YAY! This week I found myself walking down the ice a few days rather than walking down the sand. The features out on the ice are interesting. I wouldn’t venture out too far thought. It just hasn’t been cold enough after the warm spell in late February.
Sunday, March 18th, 2018 – low clouds looking out across the ice from Wasaga Beach
Monday, March 19th, 2018 – I walked down the beach twice on Monday. This picture taking from beach one two hours before sunset.
Monday, March 19th, 2018 – It’s been cold so I decided to walk the length of the beach out on the ice. I stay pretty close to shore because I just don’t trust the ice is uniformly thick. Too many currents and I’ve seen open water I can’t explain even in temperatures well below freezing.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 – Perfect conditions for walking out on the ice again today. Strange to say, but sunny days in March are the best time of year. You can feel the warmth of the sun and not a person in sight.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 – Giant cracks starting to appear. I remember the same thing last year. The ice is still plenty thick and the flotation would be enough will hold my weight despite the cracks.
This is disturbing – If you look closely, this shows evidence of ice that broke up and recently froze over. I can say with confidence this feature was not here two days ago. I guess my trust that the ice is safe is misplaced.
Friday, March 23rd, 2018 – I stayed off the ice on purpose because two para-sailers were criss-crossing the ice on skis and I didn’t want to get in their way. There are less ice berms than last year and the ice in places is suitable for skating. They have a clear channel the full length of the beach (~14 km)
Friday, March 23rd, 2018 – I snapped this picture as one of two parasailers passed me by – he waved but I didn’t catch this in the picture.
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – looking out across the ice toward Collingwood..