2007-01-31

919. Skimming

Snowmobiles...
we approach a section
of open water.

12 comments:

Masago said...

snowmobiles...
we approach a section
of open water

Link with 918: Frozen lake.

[A friend told me of a time when he and his brother were out snowmobiling and needed to cross an open crack in the frozen river. After some careful thought they decided to take a run at it and save themselves many miles of back-tracking to get home. They successfully crossed over and found it so much fun that they spent the rest of the afternoon criss-crossing over open sections of the river.

In recent years I learned that it is not uncommon for folks to dart across small stretches of open water with their snowmobiles. Despite the danger it has grown into a sport called "skimming". In some places though, such as New Hampshire, skimming has become illegal. However, not in all cases is skimming done deliberately. Sometimes it isn't actual skimming over open water that happens but the results end up being just as dangerous.

One winter many years ago my cousin and his friend were snowmobiling in -35F weather on a lake. About an hour out they came upon a hidden patch of water and slush that had been insulated by a thick covering of snow. The water instantly froze when the cold snowmobiles broke through. It therefore became impossible for them to run the snowmobiles out of the water. After working for about an hour they walked/limped back to their car. My cousin assured me that he had never felt colder and that the socks on both his feet had frozen to his flesh. Both snow mobiles were toed out with a third machine the following day.]

Aurora said...

This is like a modern version of Amy from Little Women falling through the ice while skating. :) Enjoyed.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Yikes! Glad it wasn't me!

floots said...

ditto andrew
great to read about though :)

Pat Paulk said...

Never heard of this. But down here we don't have too many snowmobiles. Love the deliberation, we do have that down here.

gautami tripathy said...

Hmm. Icy cool!

polona said...

i like the suspention in this... and your explanation is most interesting.

Masago said...

Aurora: I didn't read the book but I can imagine what happened.

Andrew: Me too.

Floots: :-)

Pat: Yeah, I imagine they wouldn't be too much use there. As for deliberation...

Gautami: :-)

Polona: Thanks.

Tikkis said...

Sometimes they must do the same here in the frozen lakes and rivers and archipelago; you just must be very carefull, speed enough and not any hard curves...

Also many snowmobiles are drowning with their drivers under the ice...
They didn't had enough speed??

A thilling text: the word 'open' usually means something positive.

Masago said...

Tikkis: Yes, it can be very dangerous. BTW, "thilling", what is that?

Tikkis said...

thrilling, found my misspelling but cannot edit the comments? So I left it. Sorry. My keypad is a little bit gummy, have a spare keyboard somewhere.

Thilling should mean something if the language were Finnish; in Finnish it is possible to make a new word, the fonetic sound can describe it's meaning. (As in every language I think, but it was not my meaning!)

Masago said...

Tikkis: Thanks for the clarification. So then for some, "open" is positive and for others it is not so positive (even if it is after-the-fact).