Do you want to be a candidate for the Darwin Awards? If so, here's one way to do it:
- Go to a big lake where the water temperature is in the mid-thirties, the air temperature is in the teens, and the wind is kicking up relatively small, but still decent waves.
- Put a small boat in the lake.
- Put a couple hundred pounds of rocks....yes, I said rocks, in the boat.
- Get into the boat and go about a half mile offshore with the intent of throwing the rocks overboard so you can build some structure for the fish so that when it's time for ice fishing it will be like, totally awesome.
Actually and thankfully, they didn't die. I can't find a link to it yet but apparently two young men did just the above on Lake Minnetonka yesterday and managed to get back to shore, very cold but alive, after their boat foundered and sank. From the TV report I saw they are both ok.
Now, it's not like I've never deliberately brought rocks onto a watercraft before, I have. On canoe trips in the BWCA I always have an anchor bag (insert misogynist/tacky joke here. I however, am above that....sniff). For those who don't know, an anchor bag is just a strong mesh bag that you can put rocks into and use as an anchor when you go out fishing in the canoe. Since there's no shortage of rocks, there's no need to carry and portage a standard anchor (Dave solemnly taps his head).
Anyway. Aside from an anchor bag, if you start loading up the boat I'm about to go out on with a couple of hundred pounds of rocks, I'm pretty certain I'm going to cast a jaundiced eye at you. I'm just silly that way. Do that in Minnesota in late November and I will actually restrain you. Those two guys managed to survive and the one I saw interviewed seemed to have learned his lesson. I hope so. It was close, but thankfully we can cancel the page for Mr. Darwin.