Sunday, December 8, 2013

Three Men and a Fish House

This scene is such a far cry from my post on Thursday. Not only did we get about 10" or so of snow this past week, the temperatures have dropped well below freezing, especially when you factor in the windchill.

Yesterday morning I got up and looked out across the lake as the sun was coming up. After I got the coffee brewing and turned the heat up, I noticed activity out on the ice. Yep, the ice fisherman were getting ready for their idea of fun and games.

Here it was, not quite 7:30 a.m., and the outdoor temperature was just under -19 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words - COLD! (Of course, it was chilly inside, too. I don't care for electric baseboard heat!)

I watched two guys with their auger start drilling through the ice.

Drilling the fishing holes

Then came the portable ice house. I think they were set up closer to the shore and decided to move further out closer to the budding fish house village. This fish house is a pop-up tent style contraption.

Fish House "Village"

Here comes the house

Next came their buddy, carrying his gear including a folding chair. You need a place to sit, after all!

Lugging the gear over

I guess after a consultation, another hole was drilled and the fish house repositioned. Then they disappeared inside to start fishing.

We need another hole

Around 11:30 a.m., I looked out again and they had packed up their fish house and were getting ready to leave. Either a) they caught their limit; b) they ran out of hot coffee (or beer); or c) they just got too cold and decided to call it quits. I doubt the answer is "c". These Minnesotans are a hardy bunch. I don't know how they do it.

Calling it a day

The trek back to shore

It has been so cold, my overhead garage door opener has frozen (at least I suspect it has). I will be calling for help on Monday since my vehicle is essentially trapped inside. There is only one entrance into the garage...the overhead door. This is a row of detached garages and none of them have a secondary entrance. Ahhh...winter in Minnesnowta.


  1. oh, good luck with the garage door issue! bummer! yes, i give kudos to those hardy northern midwesterners! if you live there, you've got to be tough as winter lasts too damn long!

  2. Oh my gosh! As I said on the earlier post, your pictures are the closest I'll ever come to seeing this fascinating bit of Americana. I do NOT know how they do it. Heck, I don't know how you do it! (You should have paid garage-door-stuck leave days. Sounds like tomorrow would be a real good day to stay home from work.)

  3. That's plum crazy. And you need some more heat.

  4. It looked so cold, but still very beautiful!

  5. You made me shiver just reading your post and seeing the photos! It has been in the 20's for the low here for the past few days...winter is coming in early..brrrrrrr


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