It was a rather sudden change from spring weather to winter this monday. On Sunday, we were told to put blocks of wood under our skis before the cold hit, so our skis didn’t wind up stuck in the frozen lake. 2am Monday morning it was still about 30 degrees, so we felt ok about doing it at noon. Turns out a lot can change in 10 hours. It was close to 20 degrees, but the wind made it feel much colder. When we arrived, Tiny Shanty was already partially frozen into the ice. Luckily it wasn’t frozen entirely solid and one crew member brought some crow bars to pick at the ice. We picked free the skis as well as we could, then used a big 4″x4″ bar of wood and a log to lever it up. We were barely able to lift it with our weight, but eventually managed to get it up just enough to jam some boards under. Success! Tiny Shanty will not be a permanent lake fixture.
I wanted to get photos, but the cold made me only able to focus on completing the task at hand and getting back to warmth. Ah well.