#AtoZChallenge | I is for Ice, Ice, Baby

With winter comes ice. Lots and lots of ice.  I live on a long dirt road that ends in a final downhill dip which means that during the winter season it often becomes challenging to maneuver and sometimes even impossible when it ices over.

I got my first concussion this winter during one particularly treacherous stretch as I tried to exit my car after it slid towards the neighbors driveway and got stuck. One step and I immediately fell flat on my back slamming my head on the unyielding ice before I could make it to the garage and get dirt put down to improve traction. It was scary.

Sidewalks can also be hazardous. Basically, any surface you have to walk on in the winter can be dangerous when the temperatures dip.

My solution? Walk like a penguin. I have told my family to walk like a penguin so many times that they mock me but it works so I’ll keep repeating the phrase anytime anyone glances at the ice during the winter. It’s a proven strategy. Check out this article from Vox “3 tips to walk on ice: walk like a penguin“.

Here are some other tips for walking on the ice:

  1. Walk Slowly
  2. Shuffle or Take Baby Steps
  3. Keep Your Hands Out of Your Pockets
  4. Wear Shoes with Traction
  5. Use a Handrails or Other Supports When Available
  6. Consider Any Wet Surface as Possible Ice
  7. Avoid the Ice If Possible

You’d think with the stresses of maneuvering on ice, I would not be fan, but that is not the case. When not inflicting pain, ice can be incredibly beautiful especially when clinging to the surface of branches and trees.

And, if you are not in the mood to walk like a penguin, then I suggest making sure you wear the right gear. We do a lot of winter hiking, but we always wear our crampons. I actually blogged about them during last year’s challenge in my post X is for Xtreme Conditions | STABILicers Maxx make winter hiking a breeze.  Having the right equipment is critical and my crampons allow me to scramble over snow and ice-covered trails without slipping.

Do you get a lot of ice where you live?

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I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.


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38 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge | I is for Ice, Ice, Baby

  1. Molly Totoro says:

    Oh my… I hope the concussion was not too severe!
    I admire your positive outlook when it comes to treacherous ice. While I do find it beautiful when I am inside my house (with a roaring fire) … I am not fond of venturing outside in that kind of weather. I don’t trust myself walking – and I don’t trust other drivers on the road.
    I do believe this awful winter weather is (finally) behind us. We are supposed to reach 70 degrees tomorrow 🙂

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  2. Laura says:

    We are the ice storm capital here in Southern Illinois. Usually beginning with thundersnow then rapidly changing to that lovely ping ping ping as the ice crystals begin to hit the windows. Followed by the slow motion cracking as branches begin to fall…But I do agree, as long as I don’t have to go anywhere, the ice covered branches are beautiful.

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  3. Arti says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog Karen.
    I hope you’ve recovered well from your concussion. It sounds painful.
    I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with ice on a daily basis, although I love your gorgeous pictures. My last ice experience was on a trek in the Himalayas, but I had all the gear plus extremely agile and helpful guides to lead the way–so even though there were some scary moments, I felt safe.
    I is for Ishq

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    • Weekends in Maine says:

      After my fall, I not only wore my crampons to shovel but also pulled out my daughter’s old winter sledding helmet. I wasn’t taking any more chances. Fortunately, my concussion recovery went great.

      The Himalayas must have been gorgeous to visit. Having the right guides must be critical for a trip like that one.

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  4. mhsusannematthews says:

    We get lots of freezing rain here in Eastern Ontario. While it can look really petty when the storm is over and the trees are glittering like diamonds, it can be highly destructive and incredibly dangerous. Sometimes walking like a penguin won’t help. Glad you made it through without major injuries.

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  5. leannelc says:

    I watched a FB video of people sliding on ice as they tried to get into or out of their cars, take out rubbish bins, walk down stairs etc – it was funny but awful at the same time. I’ve never understood how “normal” it is for people living in your area to deal with the treacherous conditions – especially driving – it scares the pants off me just thinking about it!

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    J for Just Do It!

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    • Weekends in Maine says:

      I’m not a fan of driving in it even after all these years of living with snow and ice. I’ve had a few slide off the road accidents although fortunately not for many years and none that caused any injuries.

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  6. dyannedillon says:

    I hate ice. We get ice more often than we get snow, and thankfully, neither of them that often. We did have a horrible ice storm about 12 years ago or so and had no power for a week.

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    • Weekends in Maine says:

      Ice storms can really do a number on power lines. We’ve had some ice storms like that we’re we’ve gone extended periods without power. This year, we lost it for about 5-6 days. Fortunately, we have a portable generator so it’s manageable.

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  7. CRD says:

    As someone living in the tropical region in India, I have never had to deal with extreme winters or ice. White winters look great in pictures, and the idea has always fascinated me. But after reading your post, seems like a real force to reckon with.

    Nice post.

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    • Weekends in Maine says:

      You do have to be careful in the winter especially with driving and walking although it can be so beautiful when everything is covered in white. A tropical region must be beautiful too. I am fascinating by nature in all her different versions. It’s one of the reasons I love to travel so much.

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