Cold down in the hollow

The Polar Vortex hit Otter Hollow pretty hard Sunday night. We got home from work around 8:00pm, and I had the intention of heading up to our well house about 250 ft. from our cabin to set up some sort of heat system to keep the pump from freezing. I washed some dishes while Shannon started preparing dinner...then the water stopped!

I strung all the extension cords we had, but was still about 50ft short. Fortunately, our closest neighbor had a couple I borrowed, and we plugged in a ceramic heater we use in our camper and a couple of halogen work lights. The temperature gauge in my truck read 16 degrees on my drive home, and it was dropping rapidly. 

We got lucky, and within an hour the water began to flow again to our kitchen and bathroom faucets. We had the wood stove going non-stop for three days and kept pretty warm inside. By Tuesday morning it had dropped to 3 degrees! On Sunday, the pond had developed a thin sheet of ice. I bet Shannon that by Tuesday morning I could walk on it. She had her doubts, but early Tuesday I bundled up and, sure enough, was able to walk to the center of the pond. 

With water flowing in and out of our pond (technically a lake), we weren't sure it would freeze over.

With water flowing in and out of our pond (technically a lake), we weren't sure it would freeze over.