ice skating....home?

My friend Kara's sister, Ida, lives in the Netherlands with her family. I was at Kara's blog today and dropped by her sister's new blog. Her husband recently wrote a post about ice skating home...Can you imagine? I wonder how often he does this? No wonder these people now how to win Olympic medals in this sport!

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"I said goodbye to my colleague around 3:10 PM and walked 3 minutes to the ice. There was a big sign saying “gevaarlijk ijs” which I ignored since the whole canal was filled with recent tracks. I put on my skates and set off over the canal through the beautiful Nieuwkoopse Plassen, an old peaty-swampy area now turned nature-water reserve. I followed the “canal-signs” to Nieuwkoop and crossed three lakes and more canals. There were all kinds of people on the ice, especially on the snow-swept trails. My route was mostly uncleared so the hard work kept me plenty warm (I must admit I like ‘work ice,’ as we call ice that is not mirror-smooth).

To get to the next polder, I had to scope out where to cross the road, put my skate-protectors on and cross over to a new canal. The water level in the canal had been lowered slightly, causing water on the ice near the edges, but it was plenty strong. I followed one existing track to the junction with another canal that took me straight through the middle of a wide open polder lined with 2 windmills. I only met one other person skating. I had to cross quite a few cattle bridges on the way and although there were several tracks under every bridge, I opted to walk around since there was quite a bit of brown water on the ice due to the lowered water levels. The bigger bridges under roads were quite doable and always fun: skate hard, duck down and make sure you don’t trip while you’re under it!"

He just goes on and on! Amazing....

1 comment:

Kara said...

He doesn't get to do this as often as he'd like! The paradox: The Dutch love skating, yet have a climate comparable to the Pacific Northwest. There are many years when the canals don't freeze at all, leading to many, many, many disappointed would-be skaters. When things do freeze, everybody's out on the ice. It's a party.