Never ice fished. Was up in Mass one winter on business and crossed a frozen river. First time I saw a frozen river.
Just thinking about being out in the middle of a lake, not knowing what went on the previous day, what kind of ice was under me (Ice Road Trucker kind of thing), was it fracked the previous day, how thick is it, how much weight will it support, and on and on.
Guess it's a lot of fun having a "camp out" in the middle of the winter, roughing it: Heater, warm bed, beer cooler, pot bellied cook stove, several buddies with good tales to tell. Just joshing. Enjoy it. Can't do it down here.