Following a day of light snow, and weeks of below average temperatures, the ice on Lake Michigan is not only bright white, it's covering over 60 percent of the lake - more than we've seen in decades. The sun made the 16 degree temperatures seem warm, as we made our way through knee high snow to the pier. Once on the pier, we made certain to stay on the actual pier, and not walk on the thick shelf ice that was mounded next to and on to the pier.
The trek out was fairly easy considering all of the ice, but toward the end of the pier, as I made my way around the lighthouse, the surface was very slippery, and the mounds didn't make it any easier to stay upright either.
Going out onto the pier in winter, gives you a great view of the shelf ice - from off shore. Photographs of that, coming soon.
Posted by Tom Gill at Monday, February 10, 2014