For the first time in 20 years, Trout Lake in Vancouver BC froze 12 cm (around 6"). This is very unusual and I missed the event back in 1996 so yesterday my husband and I went to the lake and I took some photos of Mary Ellen in her ice skates. I kept her Christmas outfit on, as dolls never notice the cold anyhow. The ice skates were ones I'd bought years ago from eBay. I didn't purchase her expensive ice skating outfit from AG. It's cute but the price is too high! I used a stand to keep her upright.
Here I am holding Mary Ellen. You will notice I don't have ice skates. I've only skated when I was a teenager and although I loved it, I sure wouldn't try it on uneven and lumpy ice with snow on top. I'd never been on a frozen lake before and I just loved it! We walked all around the perimeter of the lake.
There were hundreds of people out. Many had scraped a large section to have hockey games, and many were practicing and having fun.
It was a grand day!
By Loretta Houben