It’s very snowy out there today. It reminds me of the winters we used to have on the Old Mission Peninsula, back when we got tons of snow every year and it stayed right through to March. (Here’s where you picture me saying, “Why back when I was a kid…”)
Back then, it seems like the bays froze over every year – solid enough to skate on. My siblings and I would lace up our ice skates in the house, toddle down the bank to East Bay, and skate down to Haserot Beach, where other skaters tooled around the ice.
My brother, Dean Johnson, built an ice boat one year, and we used to sail around the bay on that thing. One time on a windy day, we were headed towards town and hit a crack in the ice. I fell off the back of it as we were heading south by Weatherholt’s house. By the time I got to my feet and looked up, the boat and my siblings were long gone in a blur of snow.
My mom must have known this might happen, because when I looked up towards Smokey Hollow Road, there she was in the car, motioning me to walk in and climb up the bank to our nice warm car, a dark green 1967 Ford Custom.
These days, it isn’t a sure thing that the bays will freeze over, but I’m guessing this year, the ice-fishers will have plenty of time on the ice as we head into the thick of winter. It’s not only been snowy, but it’s also been cold.
I shot today’s Photo of the Day out the door of our house. I might venture into town a little later, but for now, we’re staying put. Hope you’re all warm and safe and don’t have far to drive today!
Here are a few more snowy pics…