A few weeks ago my brother and I took a short little trip up to Alpena, Michigan to visit our good friend Daniel (I’ve mentioned him a few times before when he came to Texas to visit us and again when he helped celebrate my birthday). While we were there he took us to Rockport State Park. Rockport is located on the shore of Lake Huron and includes a deep-water protected harbor and an old limestone quarry of approximately 300 acres as well as several off shore shipwrecks. We wandered around the old launching dock for a bit and then traversed up that mountain of rocks. The view was well worth the climb! We decided to do a little exploring back to the limestone quarry in search of fossils and whatever else we could find. When we were just about there, we came upon a semi frozen lake. We debated whether or not we should try to cross on the ice, walk all the way around, or just turn back. After working up the nerve (and throwing some rocks to check the thickness of the ice) we decided to go for it. We made it to the back of the quarry, found a little waterfall, some Petoskey stones and even made up a game of throwing rocks into different holes in the ice (it was a rough game as evidence by the bloody fingers). Then we hiked back to the car and called it a day…a really great day. It was bitter cold, but so much fun!