A Delightful 4-Mile Hike Around Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.
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Note that I said I walked around it, and not across it. This is our lake (i.e., we have beach rights to it and we live about 0.5-mile from it) BUT I had not ventured out on it so far this year.
At our end, as image two (above) shows it was virgin snow. Those are my boot-prints and paw prints of my dogs.
Over the 27-years I have lived by (or on) lakes up here I have fallen through the ice five times. Not in any hurry to add to that — especially in my old age.
Typically I wait for and follow well compacted snowmobile tracks. That way I can be sure that ice is thick enough. Today, I had no clue and this is still early days and we have had some unusually warm days. So, I (for a change (befitting my increased age)) played it safe. Stayed close to the shore, but as the GPS track shows I did venture out in certain spots. Once, when I was further out than I planned I heard the ice crack TWICE. Not funny.
But, it was a wondrous walk. I don’t know this lake as well as I should because we have never been out in it by boat. I swim, go out on it in my iSUP or a pedal-boat. So, I haven’t been all the way around. This was good. I will be doing it again. SMILE. I will keep you posted.