Walking on Ice

First things first, as a Minnesotan, I would like to discuss the weather with you! This is the forecast for this weekend:

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It’s hard to believe that less than 2 weeks ago, the temperature was below freezing, with the windchill hovering below zero degrees!

In fact, the weather was cold enough to create 13+ inches of ice on Lake Superior, which meant that the Apostle Island Sea/Ice Caves were able to open! This year, there was a lack of snow on the ice, so we decided to strap on ice skates for the mile long journey from the shore to caves.  While this made the trip out to the caves a lot faster, it also meant lots of bruises, as I had forgotten how hard it is to skate on lake ice (cracks, bumps, and broken ice piles to add to the normal challenge of keeping your balance).

So decieving...

So decieving…

Some of the obstacles we faced on the way to the ice caves (this is a close up).

Some of the obstacles we faced on the way to the ice caves (this is a close up).

All the tumbles were worth it though…the ice caves were spectacular!

We loved that this ice formation looked like vertebra!

We loved that this ice formation looked like vertebra!

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While out on the lake, we could also hear the ice popping, which was a completely new experience for me!  For those of you who did not know before that ice could “pop,” check out this youtube video to hear it for yourselves.

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