Stopped on my way to work to take a few pics of the lake. A guy plows a curving path about 10' wide all the way around the lake, for skating. The ice under where he plowed is beautiful, (the way the entire lake looked just last weekend) and this morning I was very, very tempted to take the morning off and just go skate around the ~5 mile loop.
The snow on the rest of the ice had melted into the surface just enough to make a perfectly grippy surface. I ran around a bit, and it was great. I could have ridden my bike on it, or gone for an actual run. I wish it was a little thicker, it would have made for AMAZING driving. 400 acres of the same kind of texture as what I imagine the salt flats being like (and the other lake is 7000 more acres of the same).
I’m no photographer, and it was a bit breezy, 19 degrees out there so my hands got cold and I didn’t take time to really think about the shots. But anyway, it was too nice a morning to just drive by (again). And tomorrow, it’s supposed to rain a metric shitload so I have no idea if the ice will be better or worse after that. One thing is for sure, it will be different.