Thanksgiving is a very exciting time of year. Not only for the fellowship of gathering around the table and eating beyond our stomachs capabilities, but also, because for many people, it is the traditional "First Ice Outing" As always, I will preach to all of you to please be safe out there. It is tempting to try and be the first one out, but all too often, some people push it a little to far and fall in. I am as guilty as the next person, but the one thing I do, and hope you do as well, is to make sure I have a list of things with me to ensure that I can come home. The list includes, but is not limited to:
1) Spud Bar: Use it to tamp your way as you are walking to check the integrity.
2) Don't fish alone: If the unfortunate does happen, having a buddy there to help you out, is extremely beneficial.
3) Rope: Something for your buddy to help you out with, so he/she doesn't have to get to close to the weakend ice.
4) Floatation suit: This will not only help keep your head above water, but also to assist in getting out.
5) Ice Picks around my neck: Keep those ice picks handy, that way if your buddy is getting the rope, you might be able to get out yourself, and help avoid hypothermia.
If you feel there are other things I should add, feel free to comment here, and I will add it.
Please everyone, lets have a safe and enjoyable 2013/2014 ice season.