Saturday January 21, 2007 we did
another nice long hike. We had so much fun the previous weekend that we
decided to do another winter hike. Joining me again were Bob, Pete and
Steve. It was a cold day, with the temperature in the single digits,
around 9 degrees F. We went back out to Stoney Creek for this hike.
We started out on the main path
around the lake with full intentions of making the complete loop. We got
about ĺ of the way around when Bob decided to walk out onto the ice of the
lake. We had seen some ice fishermen out on the lake with their little
enclosures, so we figured the ice must be thick enough to hold us. Even
when you see other people out on the ice you still get a little nervous as
you first walk out. It is a weird feeling at first being in a place you
normally can only be while in a boat or kayak. I enjoyed the view and the
different than normal perspective when looking from the middle of the lake
toward the shoreline.
Steve brought his camera, so
needless to say we have many pictures and videos to share. Matter of fact
we have enough pictures and videos that if you take the time to look at
them all you will feel like you did this hike with us. I have created a
separate page for all the pictures. I will put the link to the pictures
at the bottom of this page.
We even came across a guy out in the
middle of the lake with a huge kite he was trying to fly. Iím not sure
but I donít think this was one of those kites that people use to pull
themselves along the ice with a snow board type device. We have seen
those guys out on the frozen lakes this year, but today this person was
simply trying to fly a kite.
The wind picked up a little as we
were out in the middle of the lake making the temperature feel a bit
nippy. At first I noticed we were all walking with a little distance to
each other. I wonder if everyone was thinking about keeping our distance
to distribute our weight better as we walked on the ice. It was obvious
as we got further out that the ice was quite thick and we werenít in any
kind of danger. When we started walking on the lake our goal was to walk
over to the island in the middle of the lake. Somehow we got off track
and we never did end up going to the island, but we did walk clear across
to the other side from where we started.
Both Steve and Pete brought their
Garmin GPS handhelds. The batteries in Steveís died quickly. Peteís
worked a bit longer. It was kind of cool to see the location arrow
showing our present location right in the middle of the lake. I have to
admit I never thought I would see this position on a Garmin.
Once we got off the lake we
completed our hike the rest of the way along the path to where we parked
Bobís van. Again this turned out to be a very interesting adventure
including making our way out to the middle of the lake on the frozen
water. We always keep our options open when it comes to new places to go
and things to check out when we are out on our bikes, hiking or kayaking.
After this hike we decided to go to
the Hamlin Pub for lunch. We hadnít been to the pub for a while and it
was good to visit this comfortable place. A soon as Mike, the Pub manager
spotted Pete he came over to our table to harass Pete about still not
having a large screen TV. What Mike didnít know was that Pete had finally
made up his mind after weeks and months of deliberating, and he finally
bought a nice 60 inch wide screen rear projection TV. Mike and Pete had a
nice conversation about Peteís new TV. He said he never thought this day
would actually arrive. Now that Pete has his long awaited electronic
baby, he has an empty feeling, like something is missing or wrong. Pete
told me he feels somewhat lost without having the need to research and
shop for his TV. Knowing Pete this feeling wonít last long, he will come
up with something else to obsess about before too long.
Our lunch was good, as usual and we
had a good time enjoying each others company. We all agreed these long
walks are just as much fun as our bike rides. I have a feeling we will be
doing more of these hikes over the next few weeks until the weather breaks
and the snow melts and the temperature warms up.
Here is the link to the many
pictures Steve took on this day. Again, I edited out a few of the
duplicates to make it a more manageable quantity. Iím sure you will agree
we still ended up with enough pictures to get a good feel of this hike.
This link is for the videos.
Following are the statistics from
this hike, approximately 5.5 miles, maybe up to 6.0 miles total distance.