If you follow the weather at all you likely know that we have had a run of warmer weather which slowed my progress on our outdoor rink. Tonight however, it was a cold -9 celsius with the wind chill, so I headed out with "my hood up." Get it? "hood up"; "head up?" I know. Groan.
With the snow this morning, I had to give the area a quick shovel. I also compacted the snow layer by laying down some plywood and jumping on it. Good thing I didn't make a big surface because my legs would have been sore after I was done with that task. Once I got the water running again I flooded the surface twice with a good base forming again before I called it quits. With a forecast of four more cold days before the temps start to rise again, I might get a good surface for a late evening skate by Thursday. Maybe??
It was such a nice night out that I wandered out into the nearby field and laid on my back to look at the stars. A great deal of jets were flying overhead tonight as well. Being outside and enjoying the cold is rewarding and purifying. My head clears, my body relaxes, and a calmness comes over me. Flooding the ice is a simple task that allows my head to wander and I enjoy it. This started off as a way for me to hopefully spend more time outside with my kids, but the reward will be more than that.