Temperatures were a bit frosty this morning, with a low of -32 C (about -23 F) registering on the thermometer here at Oxtongue Lake. The good news is that the sun is shining, there is no wind and, if you are dressed for it, it is a beautiful day to enjoy outdoor activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. At this writing (11 am) the outside temperature have already warmed up to a balmy -14 C! The other good news is that temperatures are expected to moderate by tomorrow and snow is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday. I won't talk about the forecast for Monday, except to say the temperature will be above freezing, and the "R" word is mentioned. I think we are in for a classic "January thaw" early next week, followed by more snow.
If all the snow and cold weather has you thinking about summer paddling, here is a nice picture of my wife Jenny and I that was just put up on the newly revised Swift Canoe and Kayak web site. It was taken on a slightly less frosty fall morning. Our late dog Mica, also seen in my profile photo, was in the canoe too but I think he was sleeping when that shot was taken: