Ice Out is a huge time of year for "lake people". And by "lake people" I don't just mean fisherman, boaters and swimmers, I mean anyone in New England who longs for summer! "Ice Out" is an official term used by the big lake, Winnipesaukee, where Ice Out has been recorded since 1888. Ice Out is defined by when a authority (in this case Dave Emerson) makes the call that the M/S Mount Washington can navigate to all ports on the lake. Mind you, this is New England, so it doesn't mean the Mount Washington will go to these ports and it doesn't mean that the lake is free of ice. It just means that it is possible. That is all the words we need to hear!
The ice is breaking up and looks almost shattered in parts.
And the good news, after it is gone.... comes summer!