From time to time this month, they've had to run Coast Guard ice cutters up and down various rivers in the state to break up ice jams. The harbor though has stayed pretty much ice free, except near the wharfs, like I showed in yesterday's photograph. My Dad claimed, that once in his youth, it froze over, and you could walk to the nearby islands. I have never seen photographic proof of this, so until I do I'll file this under a 'dad lie'. I do have first hand knowledge of something having to do with ice chunks however. I offer a word of caution at this point. Now, it looked do-able. However, unlike in the cartoons where characters can run across some open water littered with ice chunks, skipping from chunk to chunk and and staying dry until reaching land, this is impossible. I have first hand proof. I tried it once and once only. A smart ass kid of twelve is not quick enough to accomplish it. I was soon up to my knees in icy swamp water. So, adults out there... Forgetaboutit!