There's a heat wave headed to western Wisconsin and that signals the end to a great skating season. I took one last spin around the rink early this morning and made this video. Notice how the snow from the surrounding snow bank melted and refroze overnight, making a perfectly smooth perimeter.
When I was boy, I hated ice skating. I told my mom (who was an excellent skater) "Mom, my ankles are too weak." I hated going to the rink. Later, when I realized what fun I was missing, I bucked up. Of course we only ever skated outdoors in the winter.
When I finished college in Madison, I moved briefly to Cleveland, Ohio. I was introduced to pair skating by my landlord and we used to go to an indoor rink to find women to skate with. There was something so romantic about locking arms and skating as couples to the mighty Wurlizer organ music. Unforgettable.