The lake burped and rumbled beneath us, which gave me a bit of a queasy feeling.
I admit, for someone who grew up ice fishing, I am not always super comfortable on frozen lakes and ponds. But the conditions on Pleasant Pond were perfect, hard packed snow and ice with about an inch of fresh snow on top.
The best part was, there was zero wind.
I rode along the shoreline, zigging and zagging, getting some sort of unexplainable satisfaction out of the fact that I was making my very own fresh tire marks on the snow. Kineo padded along beside me, happily by my side, occasionally sniffing the air or running into the woods after a squirrel.
We stopped and turned around, my friend Beth was skiing behind us with her dog Bennett by her side.
We waited for them to catch up, and Bennett kicked it up a notch, meeting us with a spinning tail and a cloud of white powdery snow as he slid into Kineo. Immediately they began to wrestle.
“Holy cow, this is perfect!” Beth said as she skied up beside me, “We are so lucky!”
“Yes we are!” I agreed.
We decided to go to “the beach”, which isn’t much of a beach in the winter. But it was a landmark we could say we went to, so we carried on.
Since the bike was moving faster than the skis, I occasionally would ride in circles, first one way, then the other, making them tighter and tighter until I fell over.
On the way back, the Bigelows peered over the tree line at the far side of the pond. A bird flew in the distance, and the yellow/orange light reflected off the trees in the opposite direction.
I am always so thankful in these moments.
Thankful I have a friend that says “sure” when I say, “Hey, let’s go across the pond. I think the ice is OK.”
Thankful that I live in a place that is so beautiful.
Thankful for so many things.
A friend once wrote something she heard in a photography class, it was along the lines of, “We take pictures of the things we fear losing the most.”
I did a quick look at my camera roll. Countless photos of friends and family, Kineo, Pleasant Pond, views of the Bigelows, my bike leaning on lots of different things…just to name a few. It reminded me of that, and I decided that I like to think of it more as, we take pictures of the things we love the most.
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