Today we had a fantastic day. The weather held around 0 degrees, and we headed southeast about an hour to Birch Lake. I have to say, I don’t know that I would make a good Ice Road Trucker – it’s a little unnerving driving on a frozen lake…though it was beautiful!
As we arrived, the sun was coming up and the first thing we did was get into the ice hut and start a fire in the wood burning stove. That’s right, a wood burning stove – in an ice hut – on a frozen lake. Heaven!
And as the sun got brighter outside, the funniest thing happened – the ice glowed through the holes in the floor. It was pretty cool, and the water was so clear, you could see straight down to the bottom. The yellowish patch in the center is sandy silt on the lake bottom.
Doesn’t this look like an eye? Or a moon?
This was the first time I wore my “skhoop” – an insulated skirt that zips on the sides. You wear it over your clothes like snow pants. I made mine for $27 – but they sell for well over $100.
Check out the cracks in the ice.
Speaking of cracked ice – when we were inside fishing, every so often a truck would drive by. If you have ever watched “Ice Road Truckers” and heard that…
…sound – that is exactly what we heard!
It was kind of dark inside the ice hut, there were no windows and the only light was from a small lantern that we brought, so I didn’t take a ton of pictures. But with the glow in the water, we could see just fine…and even watch the fish playing with or biting our hooks.
My goofy youngest.
Around noon, I pulled out some Bacon “Mooseburger” Calzones that I made last night. We had wrapped them in foil, and then just set them on top of the woodstove, and they were warm and yummy in minutes!
At one point, I drove over to the shoreline (restroom, ahem) and the boys were outside as I drove back.
There was no need for a cooler to keep the fish in, just dig a hole in the snow and toss them in! But, cover them up so a bird doesn’t see a free meal!
We headed home as the sun was going back down around 3:30. This is the drive along the Richardson Highway between Fairbanks and Delta Junction.
And then we stopped for a moment so I could snap this photo of the Alaska Range to the south. In the foreground is the frozen Tanana River.
About the calzones:
Now I didn’t really take the kind of photos that I normally take for a blog post, but I’ll go ahead and share the recipe sans pics anyways for those that are interested. This is a variation of a cheeseburger roll-up that I make, only portable and in single portions.
Please note – for the “roll-up” version below, I generally bake that at 375. I can’t edit the recipe for some reason, so just make a note of that if you plan to make it. Or you can get the recipe for the roll-ups HERE