Monthly Archives: January 2017

Icy Delights

Ice Hike

Icy Hike

The ice made the grass look like sea anemones

The ice made the grass look like sea anemones

Spy Garden with a glaze of ice

Spy Garden with a glaze of ice

Ice Beads!

Ice Beads!

Deer Fence

Deer Fence

What a good boy (cleaning the bunny condos)

What a good boy (cleaning the bunny condos)

Icy Berry

Icy Berry

Icy Bunny Castle

Icy Bunny Castle

Frozen

Frozen

Crystal-y shapes

Crystal-y shapes

Circle rock

Circle rock

Icy Woods

Icy Woods

Icy spiral twig

Icy spiral twig

Sparkling stump

Sparkling stump

Icy root

Icy root

A rhino?

A rhino?

Icy turkey tail mushrooms

Icy turkey tail mushrooms

All the ice was quite mesmerizing

All the ice was quite mesmerizing

Echninacea

Echinacea

Iced branches

Iced branches

Apropos to the icy pictures is the latest thing occupying my imagination: ice swimming. Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of such a thing and am totally enthralled by The Lone Swimmer and…

Lynne Cox: Who swam across the Bering Strait. As in 2.7 MILES. In 38 DEGREE WATER. That’s 38 degrees Fahrenheit. 3.3 degrees Celsius. TWO POINT SEVEN MILES!!! IN A REGULAR BATHING SUIT.

How have I never heard of such feats? I mean polar plunges are one thing but literally swimming in icy water? It is just the wildest thing I’ve ever heard. Basically the idea is that you work up very, very cautiously (e.g. starting with just a minute or so or getting in progressively colder and colder water) to longer times/colder temperatures until eventually you’re actually swimming distances in icy waters.

Sometimes you have to make your own pool (Source: @oskarinranta)

Sometimes you have to make your own pool (Source: @oskarinranta)

No one I’ve talked to is remotely interested in listening to me drone on (and on) about ice swimming. This is why I have a blog, right?! So, what do you think? Intense isn’t it? The human body is amazing and I imagine the details of what happens to your veins, arteries, heart, brain, muscles…while swimming vigorously, in say, the Missouri River in January. Or the Arctic Ocean. Terrifying! Not to mention the hazards of open water!

Exhibit A:

The Greenland Shark (which can live to 400 YEARS OLD!!!) (source of image)

The Greenland Shark (which can live to 400 YEARS OLD!!!) (source of image)

I’m daydreaming about it, but not necessarily taking it on as a new hobby. Shortly after I read about ice swimming, I hightailed it to my (indoor) pool and swam a mile in the “cold” lap pool. After 15 or so laps I was still freezing, and that was probably something like 77 degrees. If I recall I was still quite chilled when I exited the pool. I returned later in the week and couldn’t even bear to get in the thing and cheerfully chose instead the balmy lap pool (probably closer to 90 degrees).  So we’ll see. I am from south Florida after all. Though as a young girl I swam (very briefly) in a glacial lake in Norway, where I have family. Surely ice is in my blood. When I trained to be a whitewater raft guide in northern Maine in 2002 we had to regularly plunge into the freezing Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. There was actually ice on the banks of the river in late spring. Of course, I was wearing a wet suit and several layers of fleece and not a lycra one-piece…

So when and where will my next ice swim take place?

How about here?!

How about here?! A perfect winter beach! (Wildhorse Creek)

Dexie and I have been scouting some possible locations.

Dexie and I have been scouting some possible locations.

Babyzilla says, “Just do ice swimming when you’re like 60.”

Like I said, people seem to easily tire of my enthusiasm for discussing ice swimming. Ha!

At any rate, it is exciting to learn about something new and I really want to read Lynn Cox’s books. Had you ever heard of her? Ice swimming? Ever done a polar plunge? Would love to hear your comments on this or other icy delights!

Happy 2017!

WOWZA

WOWZA

Wowza; that beach is gorgeous; and is my sister and her husband’s FRONT YARD!!!  Islands in the gulf; paradise!!! Hoping to visit in 2017!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Globe

Globe

Garden Sledding

Garden Sledding

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Playing with toys ("Lila" the horse)

Playing with toys (“Lila” the horse)

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Figs

Figs

Dining room

Dining room

Table

Table

Track

Track

Dexie

Dexie

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Couch

Couch

Lamp

Lamp

Dining room and man cave door

Dining room and man cave door

Just another day

Just another day

At Forest School!

At Forest School!

Purple fog

Purple fog

Window/Fog

Window/Fog

Dusk in the woods

Dusk in the woods

Unicorn Icycle

Unicorn Icycle

Fallen tree

Fallen tree

Driveway

Driveway

Waffles mmmmm

Waffles mmmmm

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Trail

Trail

Matching lights

Matching lights

Moss

Moss

Terrarium

Terrarium

Woods

Woods

Icicle

Icicle

Dry Creek Bed

Dry Creek Bed

Orchid

Orchid

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Happy new year to all! I am praying for adventures and good health; no really specific resolutions in mind this year. How about you?