|Night skating at Tenny Park|
Twenty years is about how long the gap was for me as well - maybe 30 years - from the time during my teen years when we lived by a lake and we'd all go skating out into the moonlight or build a bonfire on the ice and skate around it to keep warm - and the time a few years ago when I started coming to Tenny Park during the winter months to keep my legs strong when I could no longer ride bike because of the snow and ice. I re-discovered the fun of gliding across the ice and the challenge of staying upright on narrow blades of steel.
|The ice - after 2 inches of fluffy snow|
But now the kids are grown and for the past 5 or so years I've strapped on these old skates and joined all the other Madisonians who seem to love the ice. The Madison parks department does a wonderful job of keeping this ice clear of snow and in good shape. They flood this area every few days to level out the cracks and smooth over the gouges left by the pick-up hockey games that regularly spring up in 3 or four areas around this lagoon.