Whether you refer to them as ice shanties or bob houses, I love them. They are individual pieces of art and expression including curtains, heaters, grills, TVs, planters, flags or just the bare essentials.
These folks have come to fish and enjoy their community on ice.
They arrive on the lake at “ice in” (ice is thicker than 8″) and remain until “ice out” is declared, or no later than April 1st, when they need to be removed before they start to really bob.
The yellow and orange cones express concern over thin ice, but it doesn’t appear to affect anyone.
I also enjoyed this family outing. Dad is playing a little hockey and Grandpa is pushing the little girl with her skates on while she sits on a stool.
Ice is definitely the place to be this time of year for a lot of New England families.
Next weekend men and women, young and not so young, will all enjoy the New England Pond Hockey Classic on the lake in Meredith, NH. There are about 250 teams from all of the New England states as well as some from New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, and even California.
I won’t be dealing with ice this week. It will be snow in the form of a blizzard dropping 2 feet or more from Monday night into Wednesday morning. I’ll be shoveling instead of skating. 🙂
It’s just an entirely different type of hobby, and it draws me every year to check them out.