Ice Skating and other adventures at Dryden Lake

12.06.2008 — From a bikeski subscriber who lives in Dryden: “News- the ice on Dryden Lake is good for skating- Dave plans to skate sail later this afternoon! Ice fisher men are out there and¬† Dave says surface is excellent for skating, snow tonight so today may be the day! Spread the word! -c”

This reminds me of a story. A few years ago (February of 2004) I was on an errand to Dryden Lake to pick up my son who had been invited to ice fish with another local family. When I arrived, there was a young man and his comrade unloading an assortment of gear from a nice new pick up truck. He hauled the stuff out on the lake and strapped downhill skiis to his feet, then put on this backpack with an engine and a propeller! His friend started up the engine and he skied back and forth on the lake for a while.

I thought that was it. But, then he hollered to his buddy, “I think it will work” … and they went back to the truck and hauled out more gear. Back out on the lake, they laid a large yellow cloth on the ground and tied that to the man with the engine … he started the engine again and amazingly took off into the air like and airplane … it looked more like a parachute really.

I happened to have my camera an snapped off a few photos. He had his and snapped off some from up there! We later traded pics, I apologize as I have forgotten his name now. I have learned they call this suicidal sport “para sailing”. Click image for a brief photo album. :-)

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