I do believe this is the crummiest winter I've experienced since moving to Saratoga Springs in the fall of 1970. Granted, that winter of '71 would be a hard one to top, with record cold and snowfall that haven't been matched since (28-below each night for several January weeks and 120 inches of snow over the course of the winter). Luckily, we then were living in Skidmore faculty housing, where we didn't have to pay for heat or shovel the walks or repair the damage when a roof caved in from the weight of wet snow on it. So I thought all that snow and the consistent cold were truly great. As were the persistently sunny days that set all that fresh clean snow to sparkling. REAL winter, man! Not like this one, with freezing rain one day and single-digit temps the next, then back to rain, followed by too-cold-to-tolerate days that have been keeping me indoors. And one gray day after another. It was really getting me down.
Well, it was still pretty gray yesterday, too, but several close-to-zero nights had frozen-up Moreau Lake really well. And with daytime temps approaching a balmy 30 degrees, it was a perfect day for getting out on that iced-over lake to see what was happening at Moreau Lake State Park.
Three beautiful big Rainbow Trout (14-16 inches). And they weren't done fishing yet!
My particular destination today was to check on the skating rink I'd learned was being created near the swimming beach. I'd been wondering for years why the park did not offer this winter activity, so I was delighted to see this work in progress. Park staff are now smoothing the ice with makeshift "zambonis", hoping to open the rink for skating by Saturday, January 15. I've heard there will be benches set near, as well as some fire rings kept burning to help skaters keep warm. What a great addition to winter activities at this already wonderful state park!