Thunder Lake, April 19th 2010
Our neck of the woods had a very early spring this year and the last couple days have been calm, and hot out so today I loaded up the kayak and headed over to Thunder Lake.
When I got there, the waters surface was like glass. It didn't take me long to get everything unloaded and ready to go except when I went back to the Jeep to get my life jacket, I realized I forgot it at home. Well, I wasn't about to re-load everything and go get it so I went without it. As long as I didn't fall in I should be ok.
I took a cheap (luckily) thermometer with me as I was curious as to what the temperature of the lake was. Every once in a while I would stop and take the temperature - the average temp was 8C. I said luckily I took a cheap one as at some point I lost it in the middle of the lake. I did, however, find a fairly new looking tennis ball in the middle of the lake so I guess I came out even.
Although it was about 19C out, there was still some ice on the shore in a few spots. While paddling around the lake I went over to a small cabin that I've photographed in the past and saw some ice on the shore. I took a few shots from a couple hundred feet out then drifted towards shore.
I could hear something that was making me curious. It sounded like it was something in the trees moving around but then I heard the sound again to my left - I finally clicked in that it was the ice melting. The ice would melt a bit, then shift. Kind of like when a glacier calves a ice burg. The ice would shift and fall towards the water.