The ice is perfect for skating almost always at the first of the year and this year it did not fail us. My granddaughter, Emily, has her first pair of ice skates ~ two-runners! Do you remember those? They still make them and are perfect for learning. Emily is loving it! We had some nice crisp sunny days for skating and ice rinks have popped up all around the lakeshore. We shoveled a connecting pathway to the neighbors' rinks and had a good game of tag-on-skates.