|First Ice Travel of the Season|
I cut a hole through the ice and found to my surprise almost six inches of ice; two inches of frozen slush on top of almost four inches of good black ice. So where it has remained frozen it is quite safe for foot travel - just be certain you know where the line is, because at the same time there is open water farther out in the lake.
|December 15, 2014 - Lots of open water|
That was on December 15th. Today, after a few flakes of snow this morning, the ice has filled in a bit more.
|December 21, 2014|
I took a walk through the conservation land around the beaver ponds on one of the few sunny days this week. I saw no wildlife, but had some beautiful scenes of white snow and blue skies.
|Beaver Pond in the Hamlin-Eames-Smyth Conservation Area|
For those of you who are alpine skiers, Ragged Mountain in Danbury has opened their new high-speed quad chair lift to the summit of Spear Mountain. Four minutes to the top sure beats the old lift of 13 minutes - if it didn't stop three times on the way up!
|New Doppelmayr High Speed Quad from the Summit of Spear Mountain|