When I lived in Minneapolis, I became aware of terms henceforth unknown to me, a Midwesterner who’d lived her entire life with snow. One term was “Ice-Out date.” This is the day the surface of any lake is completely free of ice: in icy Minnesota, it is a date of note. In Minneapolis, it was something I paid attention to: I had a sailboat, therefore, I gave a damn. No matter that the lake would be far too cold to…well, to sail: April 3rd was a date to watch on Lk. Calhoun. But, of course, the city wouldn’t dare put the docks in until the first of May: it’s hard to land a boat without a dock.
This year, it seems March 13th is the Ice-Out date on our humble frog pond! We lost a few of its citizens (about 4 goldfish) which, actually, is a bit of a relief (too many in there for its small size). With luck, we’ll see some frogs out on it this weekend, and, well, maybe hear some peepers in the trees. A date of note! Woot!