Early last week the pilot of a small plane tried to land on the ice on Keeler Bay. Actually, he was doing some “touch and go” exercises to practice landing. Something ice fishermen know, and airplane pilots apparently do not know, is the way the ice melts. It melts from the top, the water evaporating away and leaving he surface looking perfectly firm. It also melts from below, but in a honey comb fashion that leaves the ice looking thick and solid when it is actually quite soft and fragile. This is some of that honey combed ice, a floe that the wind delivered upon the beach. If you touch it, the honey comb ice easily brushes free. So it was not quite the landing the pilot anticipated. He and his passenger managed to get out and walk carefully about half a mile to shore, cold and wet but safe. A salvage company is disassembling the half submerged aircraft that will never fly again. There is a moral to this story: Runway, Dude!