The drift ice started a strange phenomenon around a lake in the northern part of the Netherlands. Currently, the free floating ice is being pushed into piles and stacks of broken ice mountains along the shores of the Ijsselmeer.
|Father and son, Jaco and Jan Engelsma standing on top of the Hindeloopen drift ice.|
Video: What is 'kruiend ijs' or drift ice?
On a very sunny Sunday, February 19, after news stories about the ice piled up on the lakeshores, the Dutch people traveled by car, bike and on foot to the banks and dikes of the lake to get a closer look and even climb the ice mountains.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
To show my Dutch spirit, I too climbed with the help of my sturdy Meindl hiking boots. I'd guess the drift ice was 1 to 1.5 stories high. Not Mount Everest, no oxygen tanks needed, although you can hear me or some older, out of shape person behind me panting in the video. The structure of the ice was similar to ascending and descending a heap of slippery crushed glass. No falls. Tammie 1, Drift Ice 0.
Today, I was a Texan, an American, in the Netherlands, in the Friesland province, climbing in German boots. I didn't have the proper number of flags for my victorious climb.
|Standing triumphantly, frozen, windblown and teeth clenched atop a glassy ice mountain.|
Links to more drift ice pictures:
Kruiend ijs bij Lelystad by nufoto.nl (in Dutch)
Dutch Polar Landscapes Created by Thaw by Radio Netherland Worldwide (in English)