It was a first for me this morning - skating on a frozen lake in Vancouver. It's certainly cold enough up the mountains most of the winter, but usually the lakes are filled or covered with snow. But this year we've had over a week of cold clear weather before any snow has fallen, so there was at least the minimum 4 inches of clear ice on First Lake at Hollyburn. I went this morning before the low sun got above the trees - fortunately, because an inversion had set up over night and it was 10 degrees C up there, even though it was below freezing at home. So, an even rarer event - skating on a frozen lake in a t-shirt. The ice was still solid and fast, and I had the whole place to myself. As the sun finally hit it at about 10 o'clock, the ice started to make spectacular booming cracking sounds, so I retired to a warm sunny spot on shore to paint the lake and my melting skate tracks. Maybe I'll go back for a swim tomorrow.