Ah Hah! Back in the boat again today…..Monday, September 7…Labor Day 2009….a beautiful day back on the water and at the sandy beach cove we discovered the last time out on a lazy, hazy day of late summertime.
Today our middle son (who lives closest to us in Fargo) and his family (part of it anyway…missing two of the kids but we had the youngest with us) came along and between us we launched the fishing boat plus the jet ski and made our way out on the water. It was windier than the last Lazy Hazy day so we encountered a few bumps and thumps as we bucked the waves being driven by a southeasterly wind. It was still wonderful…the sunshine and the water were just as magical as ever.
We enjoyed a day of solitude, sun, swimming, a bit of skiing, and a lot of total relaxation on the water and at its edges. I got back into the swim of things (I turn into a kid of only 9 or 10 every time I get near the water in a nice beach setting. I spent a long time paddling to my heart’s content again today…..my son made some "surf" waves for me and the grandson on our water noodles. Who needs to go to Hawaii? I asked Grandson….we have our own waves right here on the lake in Minnesota!!! He agreed as we rode the big waves created by the jet ski in our place of perfect sunshine and solitude and sand. The waves were roaring on the other side of a small strip of land but on our side, it was glassy and calm with the wind driving the water away from us. It was so relaxing….so blissful—-so lovely. I am left hoping that we are going to have some really hot weather in September yet, and I have hope in my heart because I read a blog by John Wheeler, meteorologist, who said that September can have days when the temperature rises into the 90′s. I so want this to be a solid forecast!!!! With September heat, we usually do not get the high, sweaty humidity that is such a bothersome thing…..the days can be hot but the air is dry and it is perfect for enjoying the last days of summertime. We deserve some hot days after our cool summer, a.k.a. the Long Springtime of 2009.
There were a number of other boats of various sizes plus more jet skis relaxing in the sunshine like we were, on the calm side of the lake today. There is a sort of pleasant kinship among boaters and there was a good bit of it today as we saw others doing the same things were enjoying so much. We wave at each other as our boats come close to each other. We know how nice it is to be out on the water together and we acknowledge our shared pleasures with the friendly waves adn thumbs up we give as we pass by each other.
We leisurely ate our snacks and sandwiches and fruit and my experiment with a coffee thermos worked out great—-I had hot coffee all afternoon and that made it cozy after getting rather chilled from my long sessions with my water noodle riding the waves and paddling about.
Grandson was a bit obstinate today…..usually cheerful all the time, he can take a turn for the worse and get a mood on occasionally and today was one of those days. He pleaded that he was too tired to ski….he did not want to get wet and cold…..he sat in the boat and ate his lunch and munched on Pringle chips and generally acted obstinate. Finally after we ignored him, he decided he WOULD ride the waves with Grandma; he also decided that he WOULD ski on the slalom (and got up immediately and skiied like a pro, as usual) The obstinacy disappeared and he had a great time after getting over whatever little snit he was having privately (he said he didn’t get enough sleep last night!!!) I bet!!! His older brother and sister were not back from a weekend conference in the Twin Cities and he must have felt a bit strange because he is usually in the midst of a lot of action when the siblings are around. It was odd to be the object of adoration of two generations of adults I guess. We told him we were going to "spoil him rotten" today since he was the one and only!!! He did not care for that concept at all, I think. It turned out well in the end after all and all five us had a great time swimming, sunning, wading, munching, sitting around when we needed to and generally enjoying the watery surroundings and the stiff breeze at our backs.
I almost named that cove "Beauty Bay 2" in my mind today….it reminds me so much of the place of my childhood on the south shore of Pelican Lake…a place long gone to development from the cow pasture and lovely beach it once was.
I finally gave in to the rest of the family’s urging and outright pleas and got on the jet ski and learned to drive it over the waves. I do not have a thing for machines of any kind, especially those that can go much too fast for my tastes but I found out it was a lot easier than driving a Honda scooter (on which I once had a bad experience when I hit the gas instead of the brake and parted company with the scooter going one way and me going another, landing in a gravelly ditch which embedded a lot of gravel in the skin of my arms, legs and face) At least on the jet ski, my son pointed out, there are no ditches to stay out of….he was right and it was a lot easier than I thought, and as long as I kept the speed down, I had fun. My daughter in law absolutely loves to drive the jet ski and she got plenty of it in today with so little competition from the 2 teenagers who were still away today.
Today was a great day…..on the water, in the water, sun shining down all afternoon and good company with whom we had so much fun. Once again the muscles are weary but it is a satisfying, good-feeling weariness which will lead to a night of sound sleep and good dreams of a day well spent. Summer’s is over for many today….it is back to school, back to work, back to a regular routine which September brings.
But for retired folks like us….it could mean more pleasant,lazy-hazy days in the boat and in the water if only John Wheeler could guarantee some of those 90 degree days he mentioned on his blog!