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Little known facts of me… October 9, 2913… I have heard lakes freeze

One of the most incredible sounds is the sound of a lake freezing.
Winter in Northern Minnesota can get very cold. There is a big difference between thirty below and fifty below zero. And you know cold is something you have to deal with when there are electric outlets at the mall so you can plug the block heater in your car’s engine in while you’re shopping so your car won’t freeze.
When the lakes start to freeze, you can sit (or walk do you don’t freeze fast) by the lake and hear the lake freeze.
It groans, and squeaks, and moans almost like a hurt person.
Later, when the ice is four feet thick sometimes, you can look down into the clear black ice and see cracks that go deeper than you can see. There are perfectly round white air bubbles trapped in the night black ice.
While it’s wicked cool driving on the lakes. Hearing them freeze is amazing.

30 Facts in 31 days in October… 10/4… Vacation Spots

Given the fact that I am ‘that crazy Disney chick’ most people would probably say my favorite all time place to vacation is Disney related.  And, I have to admit that I really do like Disney and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming vacation in Florida.  But my favorite place to vacation as a kid, one that still holds a huge place in my heart, is Kooser State Park in Pennsylvania.

As a kid I used to set sticks sailing in the creek, watching them go from one side of wooden bridges to the other.  The creek was probably 6 inches deep, and ice cold.  The perfect place to sail your pretend ships.

It was there that I learned to make pipes and coffee cups and plates out of acorns for our fairy folks.  I learned to ditch around the tent in case of rain.  I learned to bend a coat hanger into a toaster for over the camp fire.  And I learned the beauty of the quiet.

I hiked over the mountain.

I tried, valiantly to swim in the lake.

I chiseled my name into a rock near the cabins.

I learned that cabin life would be incredibly wonderful.