Thought I might clarify a few things here:
I enjoyed Ike's disclaimer. You see, after we actually headed out onto the shelf, under the ruse of wanting to take pictures with a person in them, Ike would send me on ahead to 'pose' for one shot after another. I was simply too nice to tell him that I realized he was doing this more times than he had pictures to show for it - in other words he was sending me ahead to ensure the ice shelf was safe before moving forward...... What a pal.....
RE: "I began to worry that Doug might begin to question my good judgment before the day was done. “No worries”, he replied with a grin." -- I'm not sure what gave Ike the idea that I thought he had good judgement to begin with. After all, he's invited me twice to join him on a trip..... Just sayin'
RE: "I suspected he was probably playing to my delicate mood, but decided to exploit it fully. “Separate your legs a little”, I coached, or “Make it look like you’re walking”, or “Turn to your left a smudge”." -- No kidding! I was waiting for him to tell me what my motivation was as I looked at some particular landmark. Sheesh....
RE: "This led to numerous interesting messages from Doug’s brother, like “Dude! What? Are you still sitting in the exact same spot? Lamest. Trip. Ever.”" LOL! True story.
RE: "I had solidified a relationship with a good friend, taking time to talk and to listen." -- Indeed, Ike is a great hiking companion. Jump at the chance to hike with him if offered!
Too bad Ike left off the bit about the (I believe it was a) chunk of ice that followed us for quite a ways during the second day's snowstorm. Ike even veered far to the left while I continued forward so we could try and figure out what was following us. We both got quite the laugh out of that one! And our version of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" entertained us quite a bit during that snowstorm, as well!
Thanks, Ike, for letting me join you on such a great adventure, and for once again putting up with my frequent language flourishes! Great writeup and photos!