- Posted April 19, 2014 by
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
A frozen lake in April is the perfect place to enjoy spring
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take part in some interesting activities in order to enjoy this never ending winter. My northern Minnesota family decided to spend a Saturday afternoon enjoying spring time activities but on the frozen surface of Hale Lake. We played some softball, kayaked, and relaxed outside on the snow covered beach. I decided to take some photos to document how crazy the long winter has made us northern Minnesotans.
Temperatures finally reached the mid-fifties in Grand Rapids, MN so we took advantage of it by going outside without winter gear. Although the lake is frozen, we took turns kayaking with a little push from another person. My sister gave me a little shove around the lake. We did wear our life jackets just in case the ice gave way. We broke out the gloves and bats and played some snow softball. My dad is no Joe Mauer but he could really smash a snowball. We even took it to the extreme by taking lawn chairs out on the two foot deep snowbanks on the beach. My parents were lucky enough to have their own built in cooler to keep their beverages cold.
Although the day was fun, I recommend that if you’re going to live in northern Minnesota, keep your boots at the ready until the 4th of July, it’s bound to be warm by then.