Okay, these pictures got out of order. The top two are from 1/5/13 and the bottom 3 are earlier. It looks like this little icy “mountain range is here to stay, but it has moved toward shore a bit.
When asked if I have beach to hang out on, I answer, “sometimes.” Because sometimes I have a sandy beach. Sometimes I have a stony beach. Sometimes water comes all the way up to – or even over – the edge of the stairs at the bottom of the bluff. Right now its icy right up to the lower stairs. There is a certain amount of snow and ice at the edge of the lake that appears to achieved permanence for this winter. Beyond that is another fifty yards of ever-changing iciness. Yesterday the lake was quiet and the ice and snow reached waaaaaaay out. There were even a couple of snow-covered ice floes further out. Today the lake was wavy and only the crust at the edge of the beach holds its snow. I never tire of looking at it, marveling at this force of nature, the ever-changing Gitchee Gumi.!
Update on what kind of beach we have (1/5/13). Between slightly warmer temperatures (25-30F) and some dry wind, snow has been lost and I can see SAND on the beach. Whoo-hoo! If only I could count on it being there next August when the water is warm enough for swimming. Whatever…it’s all good here at Camp Artemisia.