Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Snowshoeing on Lake Michigan

Sunday I went snowshoeing with some friends out on the very frozen Lake Michigan.  It was a nice opportunity to get myself out of the house for a few hours.  I spent most of my weekend in a state of laziness (by choice) and I knew I needed to get in a workout and some socialization at some point.

The temperatures were surprisingly warm.  After weeks of temperatures in the -10 to -30 range having double digit, positive temperatures was a treat.  I never thought that the upper teens would feel like a warm summer day.  I must confess, temperate climates have left me spoiled.

After a short hike through deep snow we came to our destination...Lake Michigan! From there, we hiked out onto the frozen tundra that is Lake Michigan in early March.  The ice was incredible! Huge hunks of blue ice were sprouting from the frozen lake and snow.  It was surreal to see.  The only other time I've seen ice this blue was when we climbed Mendenhall Glacier last winter. It is insane to think about this ice forming in such a short amount of time.

The ice was slick and the cleats on the bottom of my snowshoes were much needed.  The ground was uneven part of the time, which made for a unique snowshoeing experience.  I'm not sure that I would have made it without them though. Overall, it was a great workout and I was glad to get in a fun, unique way to get outside and exercise this weekend.

Your turn...Have you ever seen any blue ice?  What winter activities are keeping you busy?
Currently listening to...Riptide- Vance Joy


  1. We were in Valdez end of January, right after they had gotten a TON of snow. There was a huge pile under the roof of the hotel, and I swear it had a blue tint to it...

    1. Isn't it neat looking? I had no idea that ice/snow could get that blue tint so quickly!


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