Wild goose chased

Two mornings running, Tuesday and Wednesday Jan 5&6 the very nice SEBAGOCAM>COM which looks West across Jordan Bay, the NE corner of Sebago Lake has shown grey flat ice, no snow. So Ramblin Roger and I set off to find the weekend ice. We get to Raymond Beach, the northern most tip of the Bay and there is a little rim of intact and broken ice. The rest is water. It is hard to tell new ice from old water.

Thus disappointed we drove around the West side of Sebago and down to Pump House Bay at the South end where there is often first new ice. Indeed the whole bay was covered by lovely clean new ice about 1 inch thick, last night’s handiwork. So zero tonight and seasonal cold the rest of the week we should have 4 inches of new ice to play on for the weekend. We called from the parking lot to President Buchholz, beavering away in his boat shop, to pass on the excitement. Then we headed home toward No. Windham and Rockport. A mile or so down the road there was another vista of the Eastern part of the bay and we pulled off to look through the trees at our growing playground. We were astonished to see the playground breaking up in a fresh Westerly with snow showers. Thinking that this might not be affecting the main ice plate we turned around and went back to the parking lot,( plowed this year!) Our lovely sheet was growing waves and had moved away from the beach. The waves in the ice were breaking it up into strips.

Very likely it will be gone on the morning. We will try to get one of the resident spies to report.

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About Lloyd Roberts

Long time ice boater. Creator of the Gambit and Cheapskate boats. Author of the first definitive book on ice boating "Think Ice"One of the original members of the Chickawaukie ice boat club in Maine. Lloyd also lives on Chickawaukie and has played launch host to countless ice boaters over the years.
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