January 2009 Archives

Ice Cutting in the Northern Maine Woods

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Our friends, Tim and Ali Winslow invited us to journey into the Northern Maine Woods for the annual ice cutting. Ali's family runs a sporting camp in T8 R9, Maine, called Libby Camps. Every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, family and friends gather to cut ice from Millinocket Lake for the camp to use all summer long (since there is no electricity).

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Cutting the blocks

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Removing blocks from the lake

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Trimming the blocks

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Posing for a picture on a trimmed block of ice

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Ali and I transported the blocks from the lake to the ice house

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Tim and Matt helped in the ice house

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The blocks are packed with snow to prevent melting in the summer months

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Each block weighs about 60 pounds and measures approximately 13" by 13" by 15"

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With sub-zero temperatures, using the outhouse was a FRIGID experience

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The camp we stayed in with Tim, Ali, and their two dogs Brookie and Tober

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Walking to the kitchen with Ali for breakfast

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Ali, Tim, and Matt