Foiled By A Water Pump…..

Well, there goes the beach party we had planned.    My two friends (Audrey and Bette) and I had been riding together to Silver Sneakers classes at the Detroit Lakes community center for several weeks  and we got a little crazy….let our imaginations run wild.   We used to do this alot when we first knew each other… but that was more than 40 years ago and we have aged a bit over the years so you would think we could be a little less nutty at our present ages.  It has not worked out though.  We got nutty again when we decided that we should plan for a beach party on Clay County Road # 37 which has been under water all spring.  It has been closed for several months and the people who ordinarily used # 37 for getting to Highway 10 have had to find new routes, which have not been very satisfactory since some of those gravel roads have been very wet and mushy all spring due to high water in other sloughs and lots of rainfall.  There have been deep ruts and a few cars mired down completely on the so-called alternative routes.

In the total grip of  nuttiness, we thought, why not have a beach party on the gravel slope of one side of the county road?    We would bring beach umbrellas, beach chairs, wear swimwear, sandals, sunhats, sunglasses, bring our picnic lunches…..we even talked of launching Bette’s canoe for a little ride on the waters of Lake………….( ah, yes, we would also have a "name the new lake" contest)  We would take pictures of our beach party….maybe even publicize our fun a little bit.  Of course we would have to talk fast to get the invited guests (township ladies of a certain age as we are) to pose in their swim suits or maybe even a bikini or two. Well ….we were going to have a great time and invitations were mailed to township residents who were most affected by the road closing (hand- made and hand-drawn over a real photo of the new "lake" complete with drawn-in palm trees, bathing beauties , a sailboat and a canoe on the "lake" and all kinds of creative things that only Bette can come up with.    The plan was so GOOD!  The invitations went out early last week.  June 29 was the big day…………………………….

…..Until we discovered last week that a big water pump had been set up on the south side of the County 37 "beach" we planned to inhabit on June 29 for a picnic lunch and a suntanning session.  The water level was going down rapidly, to our dismay… even though it would mean that Bette could once again drive on Cty 37.  After making all the plans and going totally nutty over them, we were being hornswoggled out of our Beach Blast.  We checked on the situation last Thursday and discovered that the road was visible again….the water was being pumped uphill to another pond/slough in the vicinity and once more there were two ponds instead of our new "lake" and the road bed was drying out and it was covered with green (dried ) pond slime.  Bette and I looked at it and at each other and decided it was time to call Audrey and tell her that the beach plan had to be abandoned. But Audrey came through as always—we are still having our picnic and can wear our beach clothes and carry our sun umbrellas, hats, sandals, lunches…..we just won’t be on the beach on County 37….Audrey’s spacious porches and deck will do just fine.  She has the greatest view in the entire county!!!  She is high on top of a hill that overlooks all of Eglon Township.

So I am still going to wear MBF’s Hawaiian style shirt over my yellow shorts; I have my "cruise hat" all ready to slap on  my head.  My red sandals are in the hallway.  I know what kind of sandwiches I am going to make.  I may drive in to Tony’s to see if the watermelons are ripe and ready.   But drat it all—–I won’t get to paddle that canoe or wade in to the new lake, thigh-high, as I had planned.       Maybe Audrey can turn on a lawn sprinkler and the nuttiest of the old gals we invited can prance through its streams of cold well water.   All is not lost….yet.

As Matt Drudge often says on his Drudge Report——-"still developing".

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!

2 thoughts on “Foiled By A Water Pump…..”

  1. Aww too bad they couldn’t have left it a few more days..but it sounds like the party will continue on despite that water pump..hope you have a great time:)

  2. Hi Farside! Not a good day for a beach party! My thermometer on the deck says a little above 50 degrees….cloudy too. Our party is likely to be inside Audrey’s house!

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