With several weeks in a row with biting cold (-17C during the night and mornings, and up to -10C during the day, or 1,5F to 14F) naturally, the lakes in the area have all frozen over.
I don't know what exactly is about taking walks on frozen water that's so pleasant. I guess it's the moon-like landscape of new-fallen snow as far as the eyes can see. Or maybe it's the fact that no matter where you go, you'll always have the sun shining above you. While skiing in the woods close to my place, as seen in my recent posts here, you're mostly in the shade due to all the trees covering the skiing tracks.
While that still offers some stunning scenery, it doesn't allow you to enjoy the sun.
Naturally, this attracts a lot of people eager to spend the day outside walking. Especially during covid, where people are discouraged from seeing other people, spending time outdoors walking is both a great way to spend the day and also to get away from the rather stationary life a the home office.
I still have to admit though that I get some shivers when seeing huge cracks in the ice like this, and know that in other parts of the country, there have been daily occurrences of people going through the ice (although those cities are generally warmer than here).
Looking at the image above, you might think it's taken close to the shore. But it's actually right in the middle. Active currents in the lake still rock the ice back and forth, leaving its marks on the surface.
My only thought though was that I should have brought my camera and tripod so that I could go sit on the crack and take a cool picture.
Anyways, it was a perfect and relaxing way to spend the day having skied 60km the day before. I don't know if there's anything else I could have possibly done to set myself up to feeling more refreshed and ready to attack a new week.
Hope you've all enjoyed a nice weekend yourselves! Now counting down to 50k BTC with some hot chocolate 😎.