Tracks head on out onto the thickening ice at Lake Como, northwest of Darby. The lake's water level recedes to its historic shoreline (pre-dam) in the winter, revealing much of the lake bottom.

The popular recreation area is a lot quieter this time of the year. You'll hear automobiles and maybe a 4-wheeler, but mainly the lake is home to ice fishermen and the occasional cross-country skier who ventures onto the icy surface.

A network of cross-country ski trails is gaining popularity in the forest south of the lake. And, it's always a great day there when the sun is shining.