After several weeks of cold weather, the river behind our property is now frozen enough to explore. Isaac has been begging for a hockey rink and Gillian is just happy to be outdoors, so we’ve spent a lot of time sliding and searching and making the most of the little bit of snow we have.
One of my favourite memories as a child was skating on the frozen pond in our backyard. The look on Isaac’s face as I pretended to be a zamboni while clearing a small square of river ice was the magic that memories are made of. It just lit up! We can’t wait to have a few of his friends over for a game of mini sticks and a marshmallow and hot dog roast. I believe this is the only time in my life where I hope it will be cold for a little bit longer.
The river was slow to freeze up, leaving a few different layers of animal tracks in the ice and snow. Pretending to be archaeologists, Isaac and I brush off the snow and clean out the tracks. So far we have found tracks belonging to deer, wild turkey, squirrel, dog and a mysterious four-legged animal with a long swishy tail that drags on the ground. We guess it may be a fisher or a coyote. I’ve seen coyotes in the woods while I am trail running and there have been reports of fishers in the area.