I always considered my family to be “beach people”.
Although I snowboard, sled, and make igloos like a champion, I am not a fan of the cold weather, and my Winter-self has never been very adventurous.
That, however, changed dramatically once Matt came into my life.
Our first NYE ringing in 2007. (ignore the gangsta “peace” sign)
He had introduced me to a whole new world of Winter, and I quickly fell in love with what the season had to offer.
Take this weekend for instance.
Saturday…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s. Light and variable winds…Becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday…Partly cloudy. Lows around 10 above. Highs 15 to 20. Wind chill values as low as 5 below.
I normally don’t care too much about the weather forecast, however when you are spending your Saturday and Sunday on a frozen bed of ice, that can make things a bit more…frigid.
Why am I spending this weekend perched on ice like a polar bear, you ask? Because it’s the annual Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Winnipesaukee, and I am PUMPED!
I never thought I would enjoy saying such a thing
Think of it like this…
You are sitting on a beach all day surrounded by food and friends. However, instead of feeling the hot sun beating down on you while drinking fruity cocktails, you’re sitting around a fire on a frozen lake while drinking spiked hot coffee
OK, so it’s not day at the beach, but it’s still fun nonetheless!
Plus, we have a mini stove that we use to make things like egg&cheese burritos, oatmeal, crisp bacon, and steaming pasta fagioli. All foods that stick to your gut and keep you warm and fuzzy inside
It’s a weekend full of foot/hand warmers, fire pits, alcohol and hanging with the best people ever.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane so you can see what I mean.
Ice Fishing 2008-2011
Tying sleds to a snowmobile
Snow shoved in places you wouldn’t want.
Some of the winning fish..not ours
We have yet to catch a fish
(See cooking station behind Matt, set up on our truck bed).
Yes, we slept out on the ice in an RV
Old school car with ski’s on the front and wheels in the back.
Me trying to get warm in the RV. I’m under there somewhere
We set up camp on the side of the lake where all of the action is
Some of the huts that people stay in for the weekend.
Our “porch”, fully equipped with a fridge, chic rug, antique chairs, and most importantly..a heater :)
There are restaurants set up on the lake such as Chili’s and The Antler, as well as sausage carts, soup stations and coffee shops.
There’s even a pizza delivery service that drives onto the ice to bring you your pie.
You can also take a helicopter ride over the lake, or scuba dive with the fish deep beneath the ice.
Since this weekend attracts a large crowd of people and hotel rooms book up fast, you have to make reservations about a year in advance.
Our hotel is right on the lake and includes a hot tub, spa, large fireplace and a cozy bar that I can escape to if the cold weather starts to win the battle.
I’ve downloaded Sarah Jio’s second novel “The Bungalow” and I’m excited to start. I loved “The Violets of March”, and I am looking forward to reading it by the fire… on or off of the ice :)
Enjoy your weekend!! xoxo
Want to see what all the fuss is about?
Click Here to view a video of last year’s Ice Fishing Derby
Click here for all the details surrounded the event.