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  •  hiked several miles out on that ice (3+ / 0-)
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    in Lake Ontario, off Rochester in the 60's.

    Always wanted to hike the 60 miles to Canada, as it had been said that there were years when it froze all the way across.

      As a 12 yr old it would have been a bad idea:>, maybe I can get a reality show, get a pet Polar Bear to go with me and swim me across the open shipping channels and such like.

    Hey, I know where your water is going, the land is still rising after the 2 mile thick ice sheet that was there just 10,000 years ago, about an inch a year?...vs 14" off the top from corporate theft and global warming. It'll be pretty good farmland in another 20,000 years?

    Until they got the locks figured out after building the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 50's, the levels there were way goofy, and I remember a house floating on down the Lake after a strong high water North Easter.

    Does this rec make my head look fat?

    by KenBee on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 11:14:23 PM PST

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    •  In a good year (1+ / 0-)
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      you can do it on Erie, although they always discourage the practice because people go from walking to snowmobiling to driving their trucks out...

      And then the authorities have to save the fools from being kilt by their own bright ideas.

      I wonder if they've ever had to rescue anyone more than once.  

      Show me the POLICY!

      by Fabian on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 05:18:20 AM PST

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      •  Wouldn't be suprised if they had. Spent my youth (1+ / 0-)
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        ice fishing on Lake St. Clair. My dad was pretty adamant that you don't go on the ice until it is at LEAST 6" thick. But even then - you get a mile or two off shore, especially in late winter - funny things happen. Pressure cracks. Soft spots. My brother (ohhh late 20's at the time, late 1980's) got himself a really fast Artic Cat sled. He and a couple of his buddies were having a gay old time on their sleds. The way he tells the story is that - I was doing about 50mph and the next thing I know I see about 4-5ft of open water. Was going way too fast to stop. Hit the throttle for everything I had - made it but the tail of the sled did bog for a second when I hit the other side (of the open water). Scared the sheeite out of him. I guess it's like anything else - gotta be careful out there.

        "I have ferrets with fins" - African Cichlids. And (3 - nope....) 2 pooties too! Ren (crossed the Rainbow Bridge 10/19/10), Stimpy (16 yrs) and Rocky (4 yrs)

        by mrsgoo on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 09:10:02 PM PST

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        •  six inches? (0+ / 0-)

          Good for foot traffic.  I've always heard 2 FEET for anything else.  Course that's ye olde reliable conventionale wisdome.....

          Show me the POLICY!

          by Fabian on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 03:21:33 AM PST

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