After our up and down temperatures and snow storms, this guy actually thought the Charles River Basin was frozen solidly enough for a walk on the river.
Just as I was about to call 9-1-1 to save first responders from having to do a water rescue, he turned and walked to shore. There he seemed surprized to see that the river freezes differently in different spots. By this outflow pipe, the water was moving and the ice was gone.
And, a few feet from where he turned, I spotted this crack.
Each year the Department of Conservation issues Ice Safety Tips and just last week they tweeted to a woman snowshoeing along the Esplanade, " ... be careful and stay off the ice!"
And, if you've heard stories of people skating on the Charles or Colonel Henry Knox dragging cannons across the frozen river during the American Revolution, remember, that was in a colder time and across a much narrower river.
And even back in 1935, as you can see from this Leslie Jones photo from the Boston Public Library Collection, they had issues with thin ice.
The Charles River Basin is a relatively new, man-made body of water. It has a strong current and lots of inflows from other bodies of water.Do you have an Amazon Gift Certificate to use? Or, do you need to buy one for a gift? Remember to click over to Amazon from here to support this site!
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2013 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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