March 20, 2003
A string of warm days has brought a layer of water to the lakes’ ice cover. It can bring a false perception of open water. There is, of course, a significant bulk remaining in the ice. But the sun has compromised the integrity of that bulk. And we cannot blindly trust it again. That’s too bad. It was a great ice pack. One of the best seen in years. Travel on it was almost carefree. Smooth, solid, clean, nearly perfect. It was great.
Be aware that before the ice converts to liquidity it could possibly be the source of considerable nuisance to lake shore owners. An older but relevant article from the DNR’s Conservation Volunteer Magazine has the story of ice-associated problems.