Does the Ice Go?
this morning, this being the 19th of April (keeping with my
tradition of writing my columns to you a month ahead), the
ice is off the lake. In fact, as of this past week, Herman
and I have put the sailboat in the water and taken our maiden
my neighbors has chronicled what day exactly the lake has
thawed, down to the exact day each year (Hi, John). Anyway,
hes been telling me for weeks that it is always at some
point during the last week in April.
me just tell you that I was sitting on the beach with ice
still on the lake April 13th. Which was because I was so hot
simply sitting on the deck that I needed the cooling breeze
across the ice pack to keep from overheating. To my delight
and surprise, when I awoke the following morning, the lake
was clear of ice and the waves were abundant. I could not
wait to talk this over with John! He told me this was the
second earliest date since he has kept records that the ice
left the lake. He has the dates very "officially"
recorded by way of a sheet of paper in his garage.
of this very subject, some very interesting theories have
come my way as to how the ice disappears. Or should I say,
where it goes to. The first theory comes to me via the matriarch,
so to speak, of the house next door. Her name is Dot, and
it came to me by way of her son-in-law, Joe. The theory is,
in his own words as emailed to Herman:
s mom, Dot, was passing along the folklore that the ice all
with a huge thunderous sound and drops to the bottom of the
rather dramatic to me.
to the "ice melts slowly and floats until eventually
observers....what is the real deal with the ice pack exiting
reply was this:
pack left Sunday as you thought (not with sound and fury).
sailboat in today."
and I thought this folklore was rare indeed, until we were
at the post office this morning. We were speaking to a gentleman
(and I use that term lightly
Hi, Bob) who was absolutely
convinced that it actually happens the exact way Dot had described,
with the further detail that when the ice drops, the moving
water turns black due to the ice sinking down below the surface.
here to tell you that the lake is black when the wind is howling.
It has absolutely nothing to do with the ice floating below
the surface. It does, however, make for a great bit of drama.
today, it is about 30 degrees colder than it had been this
whole past week. It definitely feels like New England by the
ocean with the wind and mist. And there you have my novice
meteorological report. I need to also add that this comes
after a summer-like week of incredible weather. So when you
see my tan, you neednt ask if Ive been to Florida.
Ive just been sunbathing by the lake both when it still
had ice on it, and after the "ice sank with a thunderous
roar" (maybe I should let those who are believers live
in that world).
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an
acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"