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Will You Go Out With Me: Doing Donuts 

Published February 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:59 p.m.

click to enlarge Angela on the frozen lake
  • Angela on the frozen lake

I don’t need to tell you that it’s been a rough winter. The fact that I was outside two minutes ago breaking up some of the ice in our driveway — just because I can —  says it all. I will leave my children unattended (or iPad-attended) so that I might sneak away for five minutes and beat up on some ice because it’s finally showing signs of melting. It’s been that kind of winter.

Which makes our latest date locale both totally questionable and completely perfect. I guess we figured, if the cold and ice and unrelenting awfulness of this winter are all around us, let’s find a way to make it fun. And did we ever…

We received a tip from a friend of a friend that there’s an actual race course, plowed and maintained by the Sports Car Club of Vermont, on Malletts Bay. Yes, ON the bay. As in, on the lake, driving on top of water. Because, as we know, it’s possible for an entire lake to freeze when it's this ridiculously cold.

I grew up in Vermont, but have somehow never driven on a frozen lake before. Ryan — my Texan husband — had always wanted to do this thing that sounds stupid and impossible, so the date was perfect: New to both of us, way outside our joint comfort zone, and easily accomplished in a couple of hours.

I feel the need to preface this by saying that I sincerely hope I’m not giving away some well-guarded secret here. The intel we received advised us that, should we encounter any other drivers on the course, it would be cool to ask them if they could point out the people who do the plowing and to kick those guys ten or twenty bucks for their hard work.

Our source ended his email with, “Don’t forget a shovel and, if you have one, a tow rope.”  
click to enlarge Here we go!
  • Here we go!

With that, we headed north on Route 127 to Colchester. We turned into the public boat launch off of West Lakeshore Drive and just kept driving. It was the strangest feeling — even though there was total continuity of surface from the parking lot onto the lake, Ryan and I paused and looked at each other all "Thelma and Louise"-like.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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