We do not own lake property….we do own a 14 foot Lund fishing boat and a really snappy Yamaha boat motor. We used both last week when we suddenly had 2 summer days in a row. Now I fear that the Season for boating, swimming and other lake activities is drawing rapidly to a close. At the Buffalo Bluff on Sunday morning it was only 38 degrees and MBF heard that it actually got down into the high 20′s at Embarrass, MN. (They should be embarrassed by that awful August morning temperature). This town has set records for cold before, especially in January.
But getting back to lazing at the lake…..we have so many lakes nearby, it is not difficult to jump in the pickup with the boat and trailer hitched behind and get to a lake within one- half hour to an hour, if we choose to go farther, like to Bad Medicine Lake which is my ideal Minnesota lake. There cannot be one finer or cleaner or deeper or colder lake than Bad Medicine which has NO inlets or outlets and is spring-fed. Its color is like a Hollywood swimming pool’s…..a glorious aquamarine color but there is no painted sides on the lake, like in a pool! The shores are tree- lined and the color of the variety of trees in early October is so beautiful it takes one’s breath away. It also has some lovely islands that one can land on and explore.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, we visited a fairly local and closeby lake and thorougly enjoyed the slow putt-putting around the shores of the lake. Two friends accompanied us one of the days and he is a fisherman who never gives up. We trolled around the lake the first day so he could have his line in the water. Nothing much happened but suddenly when we entered a big bay, he got a powerful strike on the fish line and there ensued a battle that could not have been fought by a walleye, bass or even a Northern. Finally the fish leaped into the air trying to shed the hook and it was almost certainly a Muskie! I immediately hoped that he would not successfully land the fish and bring it in the boat because when I think of Muskies I think of alligators with fearsome teeth and glaring eyes. Fortunately for me, the fish did shake the hook loose and went back to being a denizen of the deep in that bay. I was totally taken by surprise to learn that Muskies are in some of the lakes that never had them when I was a fisher-woman with my Dad many years ago. Someone obviously planted Muskie fry in those waters.
We also discovered a true "Eden" of a beach, on a shore lined with old trees that were totally undisturbed—-a rare thing on lakeshores around here. But a few farm families have determined NOT to sell their lakeshore property and we happened to find one of those paradises in a small cove where it was calm, clear, and had a sandy bottom. Not only did we relax and eat our sandwiches and fruit and drink our fluids but we all 4 plunged into the clear water for a relaxing swim on that lonely shoreline. What serendipity!!!! The following day MBF and I went out on the same lake by ourselves and returned to that lovely sandy- beach cove and did the same thing again—ate our lunch and enjoyed a nice swim.
The peacefulness of boating slowly around a Minnesota lake on a warm sunny day with little wind is hard to describe for its perfection. The sounds of the water, the sight of diving loons and loon-calls sent out over the water to other loons, the white feathery gulls floating gracefully on the little wavelets, the purr of a trolling motor and pleasant occasional conversation among good friends is a recipe for an ideal day. Going out on the water on a weekday is far preferable to Saturday or Sunday when EVERYONE suddenly appears in speedboats, big pontoons and the hornet-buzzing jet skis. I will take a weekday any day and we can—-we are,after all, retired folks!
It was so pleasant last week that we are watching the weather forecasts this week for another sunny, calm, non-windy day when we will hop into the pickup and pull our little fishing boat back to another lake for a new adventure………before the Season truly ends. We have gone boating in September and October before, and it has been just as pleasant as the summer months. I hope we have a really nice "El Nino" Fall so we can do some more lazing at a lake.
I have not had quite enough of it just yet.