We are so lucky to have family who live on a lake that freezes up enough for skating. There is nothing like standing in the middle of a body of water that you’ve gazed out across countless times throughout the year. We’re actually on frozen water where a few months ago we saw fish surface, were skipping stones and searching for turtles! We make jokes about walking on water like Jesus, and think about how this is what the ducks see when they look at us on the bank in the summer. The skating is fun, too, even with the boys just starting out. A fall on the bottom just doesn’t seem to hurt as much (perhaps a sheet of ice actually gives a little? Hhmmm...) Older kids gather daily on this small lake for the few weeks that the ice is thick and smooth and play hockey for hours.
I have no advice on how to determine if a frozen pond is safe, so please read about it at this link, and this one about safe skating in general. We only skate at a lake where we know the owners, who have years of testing the ice. Don’t take any chances – falling through ice can be deadly.
That said, it was a lot of fun!