It was so cold I almost got married. ~Shelly Winters
Our coldest winters were in New Hampshire, when we lived on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee. The lake froze solid from sometime in December through most of April. During that time, the ice was so thick that it was an authorized landing strip for small planes. The locals dragged portable shacks onto the ice and set up weekend camps for ice fishing. Many of these fishing huts were far from rustic. They were often outfitted with kerosene heaters, collapsible lounge chairs, and kegs of beer. If you look closely, you can also see cars and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) parked outside the huts.
Three feet of ice does not result from one day of cold weather. ~Chinese Proverbs
In April, we all waited for the first signs of spring, when huge cracks appeared in the surface of the ice and patches of water appeared. Locals would bet on the official date of “ice out”–the day when the local cruise ship, the SS Mount Washington could make all its stops in cities around the lake. This tradition started 135 years ago. The roar from the cracking ice woke us up at night.
Nothing burns like the cold.~George R.R. Martin
Another unforgettable winter sight was on a trip one winter from Boston to Niagara Falls. It was so cold that ice crystals formed right above the rushing water–as you can see in the downriver view below.
If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires. ~Horace Traubel
When we lived in the Midwest, we spent a good amount of time in Chicago, which was justifiably famous for its frigid winters and bitter winds. Still, people found ways to enjoy the cold. Here, they are skating at Millennium Park. You can see the skyline reflected in the “Bean” sculpture above the ice rink.
Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Even now as we travel, we often find ourselves wearing cold weather jackets and boots. This final shot was taken two weeks ago in London during a walk in Kensington Gardens. The weather was moody–days of damp and cold, which seeped into our shoes and made us crave hot bowls of soup and cups of tea. I love how these two women were enjoying a walk with their dog despite a cold wind which played with the woman’s scarf.
What does “cold” look like to you? We look forward to seeing your interpretation of “cold” this week in Tina’s inspiring challenge #73.
Many thanks to those of you who joined Amy’s “waiting” challenge last week. As always Amy, Ann-Christine, Tina, and I greatly appreciate your support of our challenges. Next week it’s my turn to host challenge #74, so please stop by!
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with plenty of delicious food and in the company of dear friends and family.