My friend Lisa invited me out this afternoon with one of her friends, so I brought Petey and we all went ice hunting.
We met up at The Dockside – a boating restaurant perched where Clam Lake flows into Torch Lake.
But we didn’t linger long – Lisa had a new favorite place to share with us. After a quick stop-off in Bellaire (where she surprised me with a Christmas gift, thoughtful gal that she is), we landed on the eastern edge of Lake Bellaire.
A clear sheet of ice covered the full expanse of the lake. Well, except where someone broke through at the boat launch.
The very edges of the lake were frozen solid enough to walk on. I didn’t venture out far – it’s unnerving standing atop icy water, and more so when you can see just how deep that water is. So I didn’t go far, but I did venture out.
On my belly…which might sound crazy, but I know a thing or two about the relationship between pressure and area. It’s odd being face to face with ice on the lake, but I was far more likely to stay on the lake rather than ending up in the lake this way.
Petey’s not much better than me. As you can see, I had to call him back from the edge a few times, and he insisted on climbing out on this tree. Not that he saw me do it first or anything. Mmhmm.
Petey didn’t just spend his time testing the ice and climbing trees. He was a real help, too.
Happy with our afternoon’s captures, we packed in our gear and headed home. I think we bagged our limit for the day – but no worries, it’s a long ice hunting season ;)