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MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Ice Caves On Lake Erie – A Frozen Tundra

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They were all over the news. The ice caves that formed on Lake Erie along the shoreline of Crystal Beach. The waves that washed upon those humongous rocks didn’t stand a chance. Falling icy snow pellets, ferocious winds howling around for what seemed like days on end, small snow storms, big snow storms and constant deep freezing temperatures, were all elements of Mother Nature that made the shores of Lake Erie look like a frozen tundra with patches of little igloo-like structures popping up. Mother Nature at times can definitely be awe-inspiring.

Naturally, Nat and I had to check this phenomenon out. A lot of folks around here are thinking this may be a once-in-a-lifetime, as they’ve never seen the likes of this before. We tended to agree. So we headed out to vote in our little by-election (hoping to kick out old Dalton McGinty’s party of mischievous makers), and along with another errand at the drug store, we made a morning of it. As we arrived we could see a few families already out walking around the actual frozen lake, with their children nestled in little bob-sleds all bundled up and cozy, along with amateur photographers snapping away. We joined them and this is what we saw:-

Lake Erie looking like frozen tundra

Lake Erie looking like frozen tundra

Small portion of Ice Caves

Small portion of Ice Caves

Me trying to bend under an ice cave formation

Me trying to bend under an ice cave formation

Can you spot me?

Can you spot me?

If it wasn't for the tan pants - you might miss me!!

If it wasn’t for the tan pants – you might miss me!!

An up close and personal pic of an ice cave

An up close and personal pic of an ice cave

Frozen Lake Erie - BRRRRR

Frozen Lake Erie – BRRRRR

Small portion of Ice Caves - it just keeps going!

Small portion of Ice Caves – it just keeps going!

Nat walking on what seems like frozen tundra

Nat walking on what seems like frozen tundra

Nat helping a mom take picture of kids under an Ice Cave

Nat helping a mom take picture of kids under an Ice Cave

Nat chatting up a mom!!

Nat chatting up a mom!!

Portion of Ice Caves

Portion of Ice Caves

Frozen Lake Erie - there's ice fishermen way, way out there!!

Frozen Lake Erie – there’s ice fishermen way, way out there!!

Cave-like formations by parking lot

Cave-like formations by parking lot

All alone on that frozen lake!!

All alone on that frozen lake!!

Large chunk of frozen water on Lake Erie

Large chunk of frozen water on Lake Erie

Nat checking out what's inside

Nat checking out what’s inside

Nat by Ice Cave

Nat by Ice Cave

Portion of frozen Lake Erie with Ice Cave formations

Portion of frozen Lake Erie with Ice Cave formations

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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