For the past several weeks, the ice skating on lakes throughout Southcentral Alaska has been superb (cold snap with no fresh snow). For the first time in 5 years, Portage Lake has set up for ice skating. I went down last weekend, and there was just a handful of us.
But word's gotten out! Today, it was a virtual circus down there. There were literally hundreds of Alaskans frolicking on the glass-clear ice. It's about 4 miles across the lake to the glacier. I dragged about 30 pounds of camera gear across on Ari's sled.
When I got there, I was surprised to see dozens of people milling about in front of the face of the glacier, Moms pushing their toddlers across the ice on chairs, and most amazing, a full-fledged hockey game!
This has to be one of the most beautiful settings on earth to ice skate. Frozen waterfalls ribbons drape down steep cliffs, all the way down to the lake ice. Snowy mountains and groaning glaciers lie in the distance. And the surface of the ice is as smooth as if Mother Nature ran a Zamboni across it.