We got away for a couple of days. Spent some time with my daughter LuAnn, who has a home on a lake in Wisconsin. The weather couldn't have been better...but the fishing could have. We didn't catch many fish, but that was OK with me, because I just like sitting in the boat and looking at things that I don't see everyday. Grasses, water birds, turtles and all that goes into the makeup of a lake home. There were wood duck houses ever so often along the shore line. LuAnn has a tree house where the tiny squirrels play...she calls them Fairy Diddles. Humming bird feeders in several spots along the front of her new porch. The porch goes across the front of the house. A metal roof gave us an exciting time. The acorns were falling and when the first one hit...Joe wondered if we should take cover.....it was that loud. Years before we were attacked by the acorns, but now with the roof overhead we are protected. The best spot for fishing is under the old trestle down the lake a bit. We anchored the boat under the trestle and were given a thrill when a train went overhead. When my grandsons were at her house...they climbed the trestle and walked across on the metal path. This was very disconcerting for Grandma sitting on the ground. I'm glad they got that over with and don't do it anymore. Whew! LuAnn is staying until tomorrow...then back to DC and her job. While she is gone the lake will be drained...3 inches a day. She'll be back in a couple of weeks and it will look quite different. All the boats have to be out of the water by Sept. 11th. That is when they start the project of working on the 150 yr old dam, which has been damaged by recent flooding etc. . The lake will be drained....only the channel will be left. It will sit like that until May of 2014. There are 9 ft. of muck on the bottom and lots of weeds have taken over. They are hoping for a dry winter and a hot summer next year, for the muck to compact and the weeds killed off. No fish will be killed in this process. This is sort of a sad situation for many businesses along the way, who make their living from the fishermen and tourists. LuAnn said that she hadn't been sad taking the boats out of the water before, but this year it is different...a year and a half with no lake. What will she do? Well, they told the residents that now is the time to repair docks, clean the beaches and boats and get ready for a wonderful new lake in 2014. This is going to be interesting to follow. I think she said it's about a $10 million project.
We enjoyed our time away from home, but were so tired and ready to be back to our own bed. We didn't realize how out of shape we were until this time away from home. We have to get busy and get active. As I look out the window here this morning...leaves are scattered on the lawn. Some of the trees have started changing color. I think it will probably be a brown and crispy fall. Wish we had received some rain from Isaac, but it skirted around us again.