Tuesday it was in the 50s. But we decided to set up on Wednesday. It gave us more time to finish, we had helpers.. everything cooperated, except the weather.
One plus side of setting up a shanty in 20+ mph winds, freezing rain/snow on a cloudy day, is that our shanty wasn’t sinking into watery cracks made from sitting on the ice over several unusually warm days. In the midst of our exciting afternoon, we managed to save two shanties from their watery graves. They were further out than us and had created a warm spot, during the previously warm days. and were sinking in. And another shanty decided to set sail and be blown by the wind into a new location, which we redirected slightly. So, yes, it may have been a horrible day to set up a 1.5 story shanty, but at least it stayed on top of the ice and our shanty is far too heavy to blow anywhere.
Heres’ a few images of the first half of our day. You’ll have to wait to see the rest. It wasn’t quite as gloomy out as these images make it out to be, but it certainly felt that intense.
Photos by Felix Strates: