River froze up here earlier than normal in mid-October, and in the most unusual way with major jamming and flooding of gravel bars all around here. In fact, the day before that happened I had gotten the boat ready to winch up the bank, it was parked a hundred yards downstream up on rollers...I'd unloaded it and untied it. Plan was to get it in the water the next day and motor it up on the bar closer to home on rollers and winch from there, river was still running though there was some good shelf ice. We woke the next morning to major ice coming down and jamming and flooding the lower areas, and the boat gone! It ended up maybe 400 yds downriver pushed up on shore amidst a bunch of ice. Freaky.
So the jamming held and river froze like that with the water level of course dropping dramatically afterward, leaving a real mess of jumble ice with lots of crevasses and holes in between, and lots of suspended ice too, and getting around initially through that, making trail, was a be-atch!
Here's a spot, actually a deep spot along the bank, we surprisingly broke through as we were going over it...the slab just floated as the toboggan ran along so wasn't a big deal, but whenever you feel the ice go like that it's a real heart-stopper <grin>:
Some of the jumble ice:
Another shot of some extra bad stuff off to the right of us:
Fortunately the entire river didn't jam up like this, extends about a mile and a half either side of us. Been nice to get out of that and on the normal flat frozen sections:
So been getting a few sets out, checked the first batch yesterday, caught this guy:
Was -26, and I ain't quite acclimated to the cold yet, sure is nice to still have some sun but won't last much longer:
Decided to break out one of the overland trails on the way back yesterday, and we came on this downed tree across the trail, thought I could get under it but handlebars ended up sticking on a frozen moss clump and it got wedged pretty good, took 15 minutes to get it out of there and over the tree, only had my little bowsaw and didn't feel like cutting it with that:
That's the story here, in the -30s today and sure feels cold! Good luck to everyone out on the lines.