The Time I Blew Across the Lake

I have another frozen lake story from my childhood I’d like to share with you. This time, I was with my good friend Melissa (the one who I fought with over Jason Priestley Ken).

(Melissa and I last year)

When I was about 10 or so, Melissa and I were skating on the lake around my house, just like any other day.

It was really windy that day, and in a rare occurrence, all the snow had blown off the lake. The entire lake was frozen, snow-free, and the ice was perfectly smooth and inky black. There was not one bump on it. It was an amazing phenomenon. We could skate anywhere! There was no rink, and no boundaries! Usually there are snowbanks or bumpy ice that you have to watch out for, but not on this day. It was the best skating conditions I had ever seen on the lake (and I have never seen anything like it since).

Since it was so windy, we decided to open our coats like sails to see if the wind would blow us without us having to do any work.

We couldn’t believe how well it worked. The ice was as smooth as glass, and the wind blew us so fast! It was the best time!

We closed our eyes and coasted in the wind. We were racing over the ice.

We sailed in the wind for quite a while, having the time of our lives. Eventually we closed down our sails and turned back to see how far we had come.

Like halfway across the lake. We couldn’t believe how well our makeshift sails worked, we had been blown several kilometres from where we came from. My house was a speck in the distance.

We immediately panicked and tried to skate back…

But we couldn’t. The wind was too strong, and it continued to blow us in the opposite direction!

It was now starting to get dark, and we were starting to worry.

There was a house in the distance in the direction we had originally been blowing in, so we decided to continue to let the wind push us towards it.

We finally arrived, and walked up to the door in our skates and rang the doorbell. An elderly man answered.

Luckily, the man was very nice and let us come in, and we called my dad to drive over and pick us up. While we waited, the man’s wife gave us hot chocolate and cookies! It was great.

And that, my friends, is the story of how I blew across the lake.

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30 responses to “The Time I Blew Across the Lake

  1. Are you serious? This is bizarre! I can’t believe you just … blew across. hahaha

  2. Hahah that is so weird! I love how it was so strong you couldnt skate back!!! at least that guy was nice though!

  3. LOL when I read the other skating story this story is what I thought about. That day was crazy and I too have never seen ice like that since. I remember trying to decide what parent would be least mad and we chose your dad who thankfully thought it was funny. That man was very excited to have guests lol I remember my mom was upset that we took food from a stranger hahaha
    I also remember the next day we went out again without skates on those cheap snowboards I had and again used our jackets as sails. However we were more cautious and thankfully didn’t end up across the lake, but I do remember wanting to again oh the good ol times

    • hahaha, which parent would be the least mad. Of course it was my dad.
      I forgot about trying it again the next day with the snowboards!!!! But now that I think about it, I remember being extremely disappointed that it wasn’t working the way it did the day before.
      Man, I am feeling so nostalgic for that time. I would give anything to be blowing halfway across the lake right now, jacket open to the wind.

  4. Your stories crack me up! I literally can’t breathe when I see your little cartoon pics! They are hilarious! I wish I could skate on a lake! 🙁 Not too many frozen lakes in GA! Boo!!!

  5. LOL!! I can’t believe you blew across a lake 😛 And now I’m super jealous that I can’t skate, haha

  6. LOL! Thank you for sharing that. I see a trend with you and friends trying to get across bodies of water to other houses. Although this one didn’t have a party. Well, I guess it did. A cookie party.

  7. I’m glad that you decided to illustrate this story! Something similar happened to my dad when he was a kid, except that he was with his brothers and they used a sheet as a sail.

    • I had been thinking about doing this one for a while, your encouragement was definitely the push I needed to get it done!
      A sheet! That’s such a good idea! I wonder how much faster we would have gone if we had used a sheet…

  8. That is too funny! I love that there was hot chocolate and cookies waiting on the other side!

  9. Ah! I just found your blog…how fun!! I love your illustrations and stories, so great. Now I want to go skate-sailing and house some hot chocolate and cookies.

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  12. Reblogged this on Happy or Hungry and commented:

    I felt like catching up on the Walking Dead and spooning my cat last night instead of recapping my weekend, so instead I have decided to reblog one of my cartoon stories. I just want to get all that icky stuff away so that it’s not the first thing people see when they visit my blog.
    So if you haven’t already seen this, enjoy!

  13. Love this story! I love reading about the adventures you have been in. Never a dull moment! 🙂

  14. “Just blew across the lake…may I use your phone?”

    Wow. Only you, my dear!! 😉

  15. Ahahahaha!!! When you said “blew across the lake”, it instantly reminded me of when I decided it would be fun to ride my big wheel down the hill in my back yard to one of those man-made lakes in the suburbs. The pedals went so fast, I lost control. I bailed just as my big wheel was going into the water and I had to wait until the big wheel blew across the lake so we could get it. FOUR DAYS. Every day I woke up and surveyed where it was and if someone could steal it. Longest four days of my five-year-old life!

  16. Funniest thing I have read in a long time <3

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