Friday I'm driving down to do a presentation for a bunch of 7th and 8th grade kids from Victoria Rydberg and Jenny Karpelenia's classes from the Portage middle school. I'm planning on taking the boat and all the gear to show them first hand what I'll be using and how it all fits in the boat. I understand that the kids already think I'm crazy and seeing how cold the temperatures are going to be this weekend I can't say I disagree.
Today I did a quick paddle on Lake Wausau to test out a new pair of boots and a seat pad. I tried launching in the same lagoon I used two weeks ago but the ice was a half inch thick. It wasn't enough to stop the boat completely, instead the boat would ride up on the ice until the weight of the bow would break the ice. The problem was that it broke in large sheets on either side of the boat that I couldn't get my paddle through in order to get purpulsion enough to push the bow further through the ice. After back paddling/pushing my way back to shore I carried over and put in on the river side where it wasn't frozen.