Earlier this week I had to travel via Chicago and saw something I’ve never seen before: a partially-frozen Lake Michigan. While that may be an annual event for Chicagoans and other Great Lakes residents, it was a new experience for me.
Flying Over Frozen Lake Michigan
Chicago had been hit with consecutive days of sub-zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures and the city looked frozen as I flew over (sadly, on the wrong side of the plane to view the skyscrapers and familiar skyline).
We turned over Lake Michigan before our final approach into Chicago O’Hare, flying over it for at least 10 minutes. During that time, I noticed parts of it frozen over and parts of it with beautiful broken ice, almost like an alien landscape.
Now I realize Lake Michigan generally freezes over at some point during the winter, but this was my first time ever seeing it and I was impressed…and I even shivered sitting in my seat with a blanket wrapped tightly around me.
Living in Los Angeles, I’m a total wimp when it comes to weather, though I’m not sure anyone who just gets used to the -23ºF (-31ºC) blast that met me on the jet bridge. Those little heaters did nothing to stop a frightfully chilling rush of cold air!
To all my friend and readers in Chicago: stay warm!