I have a friend who told me she loves to go ice fishing.
"Not my idea of a fun time - just sitting out in the freezing cold," I said. But she went on to talk about how it's a time for her to be in nature, to relax, and just "be." She said it's so peaceful, being in the middle of the ice and looking around at the whiteness around her.
Hmmm - I never thought of it like that.
Basically ice fishing involves you, some warm clothes, some tools for digging a hole in the ice, a fishing rod and sometimes a heated ice shelter (it protects you from the wind while you eat warm soup and wait for the fish to bite).
It's often a real social event, and a popular past time for many people who live in colder climates. People get together with their friends and family, and spend all day talking, helping each other, and enjoying the gorgeous winter scenery.
There 's also the danger of the ice cracking - the risk for some is a huge adrenaline rush. It's the same for people who rock climb, ice climb, or sea kayak - it's the excitement of the balance between respecting nature and conquering it.
Well, since winter is upon us (well, sort of), you've got to do all you can to embrace it.
Are you hooked yet? Check out this woman who caught a 500 lb shark while ice fishing.