Winter at the lake
West Caroga Lake has only been frozen since about the
first week in December of last year. I’m not kidding
when I tell you that there were ice fishermen and snow
mobiles cruising the lake as soon as it froze over.
is always amazing to me in that I had just seen open water
in the weeks preceding it and can’t imagine taking
the chance of falling through the ice. I heard a few ice
fishermen yelling the other day as I was sitting in the
sunshine outside. They said there was at least four inches
mind you, I call these ice fishermen and snow mobiler’s
crazy with a grain of salt. After all, I am the one sitting
out there trying to milk a few rays of sun in the cold.
It’s funny watching people drive by with concerned
looks on their faces. My aide, Terry, is afraid someone
will report her for neglect, when she is just following
my direction on this.
always waiting for me inside and attuned to any look of
distress I may have. All I have to do is look towards
the house and she’s out like a shot to see what
I need. She thinks I’m nuts to be out there, but
it’s what I want.
has often driven in the driveway after a long day and
found me sitting there on the front deck with my eyes
closed contentedly basking in sunshine. Now, keep in mind
that I’m wearing my Levi’s denim coat with
faux sheepskin lining. I’m also wearing a hat and
mittens and often have a coat over my legs as well. But
that still doesn’t stop the looks of astonishment
as people drive by.
to the calendar, after Christmas the days start getting
longer. And before you know it, I’ll be back in
bathing suits and in the water. It’s just hard to
imagine now as the lake is frozen over.
I was a winter sports enthusiast. I can imagine myself
skiing on the lake or even ice skating. Of course, being
in a wheel chair pretty much leaves those activities out
of the question anyway. I have, however, seen Herman strap
on a pair of cross country skis and take a tour of the
lake. He’s not much of an ice skater. Plus, there’s
too much snow on the ice to make it worthwhile to clear
a place for skating.
continue to watch the ice fishermen and snow mobilers
enjoy the winter lake aspect. I’m holding out for
the liquid delights in the summertime.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com