Braving the Cold

Today was the first Saturday of the year for the Rideau Canal to be opened end-to-end for skaters.  The Canal runs over 5 miles long, making it the world’s biggest skating rink.

While I didn’t put on blades, I did throw on the heavy coat and shuffled a couple miles down and back (note to self: ice is slippery, even in snow boots).  Despite temperatures between -5 and -10, with ridiculous wind chills, there were plenty of skaters.  Every age group, from babies in sleds, to the elderly slowly gliding.

I particularly loved watching the little speed demons weaving in and out.  While there was the occasional slip and fall, the cold kept the huge crowds away so there were no collisions.

By the time I got home, my hands were numb, but I was ready to go find a pair of skates.