We're lucky enough to live really close to the world's largest natural skating rink, Ottawa's Rideau Canal. At 7.8 km long, we can't claim to be the longest anymore since Winnipeg's Forks measures nearly a kilometer longer. Not that Ottawans are bitter about that or anything. Of course, I've never quite understood why the Austrian Weissensee doesn't count.
In any case, skating on the canal is a lot of fun and so last Saturday we headed out for our inaugural skate. The ice was beautiful, and the weather unusually warm and sunny. (The weather was actually so warm the canal had to be closed shortly thereafter but plummeting temperatures mean that part of it is opening again early Saturday morning.)
It was just perfect for Elizabeth's and Maria's first time on the canal though. I can't tell you whether they approved since they basically slept through it. We only had one stroller for two babies so I carried Elizabeth in her sling. Erika has made an enormous amount of progress in her skating since last year but still feels unsteady on her feet and I obviously had to be extremely careful with Elizabeth so we just skated around Patterson's Creek a few time away from the main skateway and all the scary people. I was glad we didn't go far as I got tired really quickly. I'm blaming that entirely on Elizabeth (extra weight!) rather than being horrendously out of shape. At least I hope that's the case!