I'll post pics later, but I wanted to write a note on passing this big lake on the way to work, and out on the ice were several people, a truck or two and several "ice houses." An ice house, for those not knowledgeable of behavior that would win Darwin awards, is a shed, usually on skis that is dragged out on the ice of a lake, when thick enough. Once the shed is on the ice a hole is agured(?) into the ice about 8 inches wide, and a line with a lure, or wax worm, or some sort of bait is placed on a hook at the end of the line, where fish begin to eye this "bait." Basically it is a way to catch fish, play cribbage, and drink from the safety of this "house." On some area lakes whole cities sprout. There are those brave souls who will venture out on the ice with their auger, and a five gallon bucket, and rod and do their fishing sans cribbag board and "home."
But, that's not what I wanted to relate here, it is the strong desire to ride my studded tired clunker out on that ice, where there is 1-2 inches of water, from this unseasonably warm weather. But, as I was on the way to work I figured that I'd arrive at work soaked, and decided against riding on the lake and do it another day. Took pics though. Crazy Minnesotans.