The Circle Way Newsletter: Venturing Off The Beaten Paths

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Doug MannenDoug Mannen at one with Winter

Walking on Not So Thin Ice

By: Doug Mannen (CCSS Collective Circle Member)

I recall the first time this season that I ventured into the wetlands beyond The Ontario Northland Railway lines. The snow was pristine and the sun reflected blindingly from it. The temperature was cold, -35’C with a wind chill well beyond that! Fox had zigzagged across a beaver pond, through the night, investigating the lodge and the muskrat mounds. Did I dare? How much did I trust the cold we had experienced? Had it been enough to render my new trail safe? One way to find out, right?

My confidence rose as I stepped gingerly forward, following the fox track. Oh I know what you are thinking. A fox weighs ten to twelve pounds ( do not let that luxurious coat fool you ) and me, well I am heavier! I have learned to never let my guard down when attempting possibly thin ice, but one can never be truly prepared for the first CRACK under the boot. It is indeed an eerie sensation to not only hear the ice fracturing, but feel the vibration as well. The first instinct is to freeze in place, not daring to breathe. I am not sure why that is because if you are going through the ice, lingering there is when that would likely happen. The brain must regain itself and force a slow, deliberate retreat backwards.

After seeing others perform this ice dance in the past I know how comical I must have looked. Cautiously I peered around, hoping that I had not been seen. But that was not so. Red Squirrel was sitting on a nearby branch. I know I saw the twinkling mirth in his eyes. I was chided by a Chickadee, as well, as it flitted over my head and across the pond. Show off! After pondering the situation, back home I went, eventually following a sidewalk.



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