After another good frost this morning I went back to the forest pond. The ice had settled in over night and was dry. Fabulous skating on black ice and much more relaxed having remembered the safety gear. Had a long skate and a bit of bike riding on the ice. Decided to check the enclosed area at Mahinerangi on the way out and had a skate in the shelter corner. Older ice but smooth and hard. Rest of the area was too risky for a skate with open water showing. Muddy getting to ice as the frost had thawed.
Very enjoyable mornings skate with the bonus of being close to home.