Friday, January 23, 2009
Ice and snow
This has been an icy week in East Hampton. We weren't sure what to expect when we drove home from Pennsylvania Monday - when we left there was snow on the ground, and the temperature had been pretty chilly all weekend so we thought there might be skating on the pond - but there is always a huge difference between what happens west of NYC and out here in the island.
As we drove up from southern PA we saw some beautiful scenery. There had been a light snow overnight so there was a fresh coat of it on everything. We passed one open field that was surrounded by large trees, all with the same shape, like lollipops with long trunks and huge heads. Because it had been just a dusting of snow, they took on the appearance of a row of dandelions all gone to seed, with fluffy white heads ready to burst. Into Jersey there was still fresh snow everywhere, and even on to the island. But about halfway out, the new snow disappeared and it became clear that the east end didn't have anything but the old snow leftover from the week before.
I was disappointed that there were only a few people on the pond. According to the car thermometer it was about 34 degrees and it showed. There were puddles out on the ice and large cracks were appearing. The skating was over for at least the time being.
All week I've waited for the thaw so I could once again traverse my walks without having to watch every step. I don't mind the cold - but I hate the ice. It's treacherous - and the ambulance is busy taking care of those that fall victim to it.
Finally, the thaw is here. I think. At least, I'm happy to see some of the grass again...