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Monday, January 28, 2013

Flashback Monday: Don't Try This In This Day and Age

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Given last week's cold snap and the current Lighticydrizzlegeddon (tm), we thought this exciting photo from way back in February 1973 was a propos. Entitled "Children Ice Skating on Frozen Lake Anne," it depicts children ice skating on a frozen Lake Anne. It also confirms one of two things: 1) winters used to be colder, or 2) in the days before helicopter parents began obsessively micromanaging every aspect of their kids' lives, life as a child in Reston was like something out of the Lord of the Flies, with danger around every corner and ice skates and fuzzy hats replacing the conch shell and handmade spears. Those ducks in the background never suspected what was coming, the end.


  1. Seems to me that I recall a child breaking through the ice at Lake Anne and drowning also during the late '60's or early '70's. Considering the rather large unfrozen hole in the mid-ground, it seems foolhardy to be out on the ice.

  2. My kids discovered the bubbles in the ice were methane. Ice pick and a Bic led to satisfying explosions and burned-off eyebrows.

  3. The Ice Man comethFebruary 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I remember skating on Lake Anne and Lake Thoreau. In fact, I used to walk across the frozen Lake Thoreau to commute to both Langston Hughes Intermediate and South Lakes High School before I had a driver's license.


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