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Alright I know, I officially stink at keeping up with this DPP thing. Taking a picture and posting it every day is really hard when I'm used to popping out 5 posts in two hours and scheduling them for Monday-Friday.
This is a few pictures of a fun (and freezing) morning we had with the kids at Holmes Lake. Notice that 1/2 in thick sheet Anikka is trying to kick? That's a block of ice, which the sport of breaking should be in the Olympics (hey, broom ball? Come on).

You'll have to look really hard at the photo to find the large sheet they are holding up (before stomping to glass-resembling smithereens). We spent about 30 minutes just picking up frozen pieces out of the water to let the kids karate chop and they loved it!
This last photo is very interesting...under normal Spring, Summer, and Fall circumstances, you can't see anything through the mucky water of Holmes Lake but during the Winter, when the lake is frozen, you can see to the bottom clear as crystal. This track was interesting to us, and when Stefan just happened to put a stick down near the (white, in picture) small patch of ice, what would pop out of the hole but a muskrat! These animals are normally nocturnal, and in all my years of playing around ponds, lakes, and streams I have never seen one. He was small but at least a good foot long, including another 6 inches or so for a tail. It was so neat because we could see him as if through glass because of the ice, so the kids saw him swim through his trail he had made through the mud, and to the other side of the inlet (where we discovered his hole near the ground). Very cool!


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