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.
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.