In my slice of Canada, today is Family Day! Usually we escape to a family house in the woods and have way too much outdoor cousin time. Not this year for obvious reasons...
This is about as close to a selfie as you will get from the Picklemans, Picklemen, Picklefolk. We decided to defer our usual Sunday adventure to go skating on Monday!
This is the main corner in our small town. It looks down onto the lake in the center of town that is long and thin like a river. I have only lived here less than a decade and I am mystified as to why the community doesn’t descend upon this gem every winter.
This year, the combination of a lock down, cold snap and special motivation to get out and active has caused the shovels and skaters to emerge from their caves. There are a bunch or different sections cleared off for skating and paths shovelled between them.
The lake could host hundreds of arena sized areas and it would be popular like the Rideau Canal in our nations capital. This year, there was a warning from the municipality warning of the dangers of gathering outside coupled with the possibility of falling through the ice in an unsupervised activity.
That won’t stop us from getting our Canadian on and hitting the winter wonderland. I strapped on my hockey blades and noticed there seems to be a little blood on the laces from a past game. ;)
There were dozens of others out there in their happy little family pods enjoying the outdoor activity in a safely distant manor. Some played hockey, some skated leisurely, while others were there to learn to skate for their first time. A classic hoser right of passage.
Some folks even took the opportunity to bring down foldable chairs, clear off their own part of the lake, and assemble a makeshift winter picnic. The equivalent of a socially distanced beer on a driveway in the summer. Fantastic idea.
In the grand scheme of things, 5k steps is not a whole lot. I wonder how steps translate when you are skating. No matter though as it was a nice active, family activity safely distant in the heart of the community.
I hope your day was as sublime as mine was.