Early this morning, I emerged groggy-eyed from the lighthouse. I noticed the icicles hanging from the bird-feeder, the result of freezing rain overnight. However, I did not notice the thin coating of ice on the ramp to the dock. I took one step onto the ramp and quickly accelerated. I slid the length of the ramp and came to a wobbly stop on the dock. Fortunately, I caught myself on the handrail. Otherwise, my impromtu downhill ski could have ended up less than comical.