Firm Ground

“I prefer to be alive, so I’m cautious about taking risks.”

~Werner Herzog~

Sunday, when going for a late afternoon walk along Little Lake Butte des Morts, I came across several people ice fishing on what was left of winter’s frozen water.

Have I told you that I’m not a fan of being out on the ice, either on foot or in a car? I think I became a bit phobic in my 20’s when in the back seat of a two-door vehicle, out on Lake Winnebago, hearing the ice crack and wondering how the heck I would get out of the car if anything happened.

Have not been in a car, on the ice, ever since.

I will walk out onto an ice rink, but not an icy pond.

So, when I saw the above-noted people on ice that was turning gray and puddling due to the recent warmer weather, I wondered if they were a bit crazy or I was a bit paranoid.

Yes, this is a pretty photo of the sun going down, but look at the puddles and the open water that’s not too far away.

I suppose these people are enjoying the last vestiges of a sport they love before the ice goes away, but are they taking a risk?

I don’t know, but you would not get me out there.


I prefer sticking to the walking trail and taking in the gorgeous sunset.

Ahhhh…that’s much better.

I’m sure the ice fishing people made it home safe, but I prefer firm ground and ensuring that I stay alive…always and forever.

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31 responses to Firm Ground

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! Just wow, Mary. Those are beautiful photos. I would not go out on the ice. Not to fish. Not to walk. Not in a car. I’m starting to feel like the guy in Green Eggs snd Ham.

    I hope you have a great day. Thanks for sharing the beauty from your part of the world. It made me smile.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks, Dan, and you’re welcome. It was such a pretty afternoon, I only wish I had gone a little earlier to walk the entire loop. That sunset was amazing.

      It’s funny you mention Green Eggs and Ham. It was the final Jeopardy answer last night. You must have been watching…

      • Dan Antion says:

        I wasn’t watching. I read that book to Faith so many times, I can practically rattle it off from memory. I’m sure if Faith were here, we’d get it.

        If you had done the entire loop, you might have missed the sunset.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I’m with you. Not going to walk on a frozen pond, although I skated on them as a child. You grow older, you evaluate risks differently, don’t you? Beautiful photos.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s funny, though, that I never feared learning to ride a motorcycle, which is probably just as dangerous as walking out on gray ice. Perhaps I just have a thing about two-wheeled transportation. πŸ˜‰

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Even when it’s the middle of January and there is six inches of ice, I still prefer solid ground. I’m also not sure why people want to fish in the cold, even with their ice shanty. Nope, not for me.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for the compliment! You are fortunate in that you live in a climate where you never have to worry about really cold weather or treacherous ice.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thankfully, there were no vehicles on this lake. I would have really thought them nuts. I’m starting to hear warnings on the radio about getting ice shanties off the lakes, but there is usually one silly person who waits until the last minute and tries to submerge their vehicle.

  3. Beautiful images Mary, the sunset looks gorgeous in your part of the world. I grew up in The Netherlands where we would skate from village to village across the frozen canals and lakes. We were always mindful of puddles and patches where the ice turned grey and walk along the bank for a bit until the ice looked safe again πŸ’— xxx

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The sunsets and sunrises have seemed extra special over the past few years…or perhaps I am just noticing them more. It sounds that you have special memories of your ice skating, but that you also used common sense when it came to funky looking ice. Now you get to “skate” along the beach with the pups and be safe from icy conditions.

  4. Laurie says:

    Beautiful photos, Mary. I’m just reading a book where a woman falls through the ice in a frozen river in Alaska. I prefer to stick to the trails too! πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve never walked on ice except at an indoor ice rink (like, about ..twice..) so I think I’d be joining you on the shoreline just observing. Little Lake Dead Bottom is lovely though.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, how do you name a burial site with anything but pretty French words? Thanks for standing with me and enjoying the view.

  6. KDKH says:

    Having grown up in the desert, ice culture is a mystery to me. No ice looks thick enough to me, either!

      • KDKH says:

        Ha, ha! Just the opposite. I avoid extreme heat and enjoy the cold. I live in a place that gives me some of both, which I enjoy. It isn’t as monotonous, with the same forecast day after day for each season. Still, ice does not appear trustworthy, and I wonder what is going on at home that makes an ice fisherman resort to a day on the ice staring at a little hole. No thank you!

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I agree. I’d rather be fishing when it’s warm than freeze over a hole in the ice. I think about moving to a more temperate climate, but I like my community too much and most of my friends are here.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    Every year in these parts there are the inevitable stories of people who have lost their lives falling through thin ice – particularly on snow machines. It makes me sad because they’re usually young people.

    I learned my lesson a very long time ago when I fell through the ice on a lake. It was a frigid day and I was lucky to survive. Like you, I prefer to respect ice from the shore.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’ve never understood how a fish is worth taking such a risk. Go buy your walleye or perch at the store. They probably taste no different.

      Your fall through the ice must have been so scary. I can’t even imagine.

  8. joey says:

    Beautiful photos! Lovely lovely skies!
    I have family who lived in Beloit, and I do recall skating on an actual frozen lake with a hundred other kids. Sometimes the inlets of my grandparents’ lake (Indiana) would freeze and we’d walk/sled across them, but that was more like 3-5 feet deep so not dangerous even if we did fall in, which I did once, but then I went to the house for a bath and a hot cup of cocoa and it wasn’t particularly dire. I was 10, these things happen. My cousins continued to play. I think most of us fell in a time or two, but it was shallow.
    Since this is not something I have a lot of experience with, I do not think I would skate or ice fish on a lake or pond without someone native and informed (like my uncle) around to ensure my safety. I certainly would not DRIVE onto it.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks, Joey. The sunset was gorgeous that night…hard to t as ke a bad photo. Glad your youthful ice experiences were more wet/cold than dangerous. Thank goodness for shallow waters.

  9. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Those are some amazing clicks! Love the sunset view.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Damyanti. That was a beautiful day. I’m looking forward to the spring warm-up and more opportunities for pretty sunsets.

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