I have another frozen lake story from my childhood I’d like to share with you. This time, I was with my good friend Melissa (the one who I fought with over Jason Priestley Ken).
When I was about 10 or so, Melissa and I were skating on the lake around my house, just like any other day.
It was really windy that day, and in a rare occurrence, all the snow had blown off the lake. The entire lake was frozen, snow-free, and the ice was perfectly smooth and inky black. There was not one bump on it. It was an amazing phenomenon. We could skate anywhere! There was no rink, and no boundaries! Usually there are snowbanks or bumpy ice that you have to watch out for, but not on this day. It was the best skating conditions I had ever seen on the lake (and I have never seen anything like it since).
Since it was so windy, we decided to open our coats like sails to see if the wind would blow us without us having to do any work.
We couldn’t believe how well it worked. The ice was as smooth as glass, and the wind blew us so fast! It was the best time!
We closed our eyes and coasted in the wind. We were racing over the ice.
We sailed in the wind for quite a while, having the time of our lives. Eventually we closed down our sails and turned back to see how far we had come.
Like halfway across the lake. We couldn’t believe how well our makeshift sails worked, we had been blown several kilometres from where we came from. My house was a speck in the distance.
We immediately panicked and tried to skate back…
But we couldn’t. The wind was too strong, and it continued to blow us in the opposite direction!
It was now starting to get dark, and we were starting to worry.
There was a house in the distance in the direction we had originally been blowing in, so we decided to continue to let the wind push us towards it.
We finally arrived, and walked up to the door in our skates and rang the doorbell. An elderly man answered.
Luckily, the man was very nice and let us come in, and we called my dad to drive over and pick us up. While we waited, the man’s wife gave us hot chocolate and cookies! It was great.
And that, my friends, is the story of how I blew across the lake.