Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DOUGLAS LAKE SLUSH

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I was quite surprised to find the lake so full of ice after the two warm days that have past.  I guess that whatever thawing occurs during the warmth of day, the cold of night refreezes the water on the lake. 
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The ice is pretty thick near the shorelines yet and I can see no reason to proceed further upstream as there aren’t any anglers on the water today.  The slush thickens as I move further up the water and probably will be solid in another mile.  The water temperature on the lake right at the spot above is 36.5 degrees.
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The wind chill on Shade and me was really frigid and Shade was shaking badly.  I found out what I needed and headed for the ramp to get off this slush.
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I needed to drop off last months reports at the office in Morristown so I took the long way through the hills to get there.
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Above:  The river (reservoir) is still frozen solid in this area.  Wonder how thick the ice was.
And, there are always eyes on me.  No matter what I do or where I go – the eyes follow:
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The rest of the day was uneventful, which is good, and Shade had her little time on the water, cold as it was.  I gave her a little woods time too on the way home.
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We drove past Panther Creek State Park on the way home and I stopped at the boat ramp at the park to allow shade to just mess around for a while, which she did.
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She enjoyed herself immensely.  I know she’s a lab but I still am amazed at how she can get in that 39 degree water and lay down. 
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Tomorrow is tailrace day and I’ll be in the truck and I never know what I’ll see on truck days.  The following day is back on Douglas Lake again and hopefully ice won’t be a factor.  Hope you enjoyed the pics.