Date Of Visit: January 20, 2017
Location: 1 Alvord St, South Hadley, MA (Brunelle’s Marina)
Parking: Parking for about 50 cars is available in the lot next to Brunelle’s
Handicapped Accessible: Yes, although some areas may be inaccessible
Dog Friendly: Yes
New England’s bizarre weather has created yet another peculiar attracted that has peaked the interest of countless visitors; ice floes.
But, these icy chunks of frozen water are no ordinary ice floes. These ice floes and ice chunks are so large some people have been seen lying on them, taking selfies on them and walking on them, cautiously (more on that later).
Although most of the ice floes and chunks of ice have surely melted with our recent warming trend, it is likely this may happen again this season or again next winter, although this was a fairly unusual event for this area.
The chunks of ice were stable in most areas. But, not all areas. Let’s just say I may know from experience. So, do be careful if you do visit this icy attraction.
The slabs, caused by frigid temperatures have attracted large crowds.
Despite our downright balmy weather conditions this weekend, it has been a particularly cold winter. But, hey that’s New England for you.
The ice chunks were often found bunched together, almost in a tectonic fashion.
The ice formed some very interesting shapes.
Another interesting aspect of the chunks of ice are the white and blueish colorful hues from the light shining through the ice. The colors reminded me of crystals and diamonds.
A few of the visitors decided to make good use of the snow and made this snowman. But, I’m not sure what the sticks in the head are all about. it’s a little disturbing, actually.
The ice floes are also popular with dogs.
Princess is a 3 year old Maltese.
Winston, a 5 year old English Cream Golden Retriever, barked out his approval of the floes.
Below is a video of the ice floes floating and traveling down the Connecticut River.