August 2013

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The Calends of August Ripe summer's queen,
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen,
Sweet August doth appear.

                            -- R. Combe Miller (circa 1780)

With the long, drawn-out, and cold Spring, it seems like we should just now be entering July. But's already August and very soon the lush greenness of summer will begin to fade. Don't look now, but Autumn is coming.
August 2nd It seems to be a good fishing year......up until this week, that is. People are still catching fish, but they're not getting as many and they're having to work harder to catch them than they did up until now. To Kevin C and Tom H who are due to arrive tomorrow:   Not to worry; you'll handle it! If you get started on Saturday or Sunday this coming week you'll still get enough for your annual Friday Family Fish Fry, even if it doesn't suddenly turn around.
August 3rd Over the years LBLR has been graced with Nationals from six different countries including the USA. The flags of the six countries are currently surrounding the firepit area. Click HERE to see them.
August 4th Alyse caught this fish in LBL. Good one Alyse!!! But she put it back in the lake so it's still out there. Click HERE.
August 5th Is this neat, or what?? It's a morning picture of the dock between cabins 1 & 2. Thanks Bryan. Click HERE.
August 6th The surface of the lake is 1282.37 feet above sea level this morning, which means it has dropped about 6 1/2 inches since the ice went out on May 14th. But that's still almost 3 inches higher than the average on this date for the four years that I kept detailed records.
August 7th When summer opens, I see how fast it matures and fear that it will be short. But after the heats of July and August I am reconciled to the cool of autumn.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (circa 1850)

The high temperatures for the rest of the week are predicted to be in the 60s.
August 8th To see the Launching of the Flotilla, click HERE.
August 9th thru 17th I'm sorry about this, but I just didn't have anything to say.......not that that has ever stopped me before.
August 18th Actually, a few things did occur during the eight missing days (see above). First of all, the weather was a tad too cool to be considered great "at the lake" weather but it was "okay". In spite of that:
  • The "firebug" Carlsons had a nice one week vacation in cabins 4, 5, and 6 (see the Launching of the Fortilla, above).
  • Angie, Jodie and group had a nice one week vacation in cabins 1 and 2 (click HERE).
  • Chuck and Ruth (whose Dear Father built my house and the first three cabins of Little Bass Camp back in the '20s and '30s, click HERE) arrived from California to spend some time in cabin 4. They have a lot of friends to visit so they will be here for quite awhile.
  • Deb spent an extended weekend here, and with the help of Sarge and Ann (from across the lake) we spent three afternoons staining cabins. Thanks for the help you guys (especially Deb, who was the instigator)!
  • With the help of my friend Bob the 3rd and 4th water heater replacements of the summer were installed. Thanks for the help Bob!
  • My daughter Tammy and family spent a weekend here for the first time since Memorial Weekend (but a few of them were here the Week of July 4th also).
August 19th To N.C. Laurie:   Are you okay with this now?   (PS:   Do you think we should visit your friend Kathy next July?)
August 20th The Norman's are here so this is the week that Vern and I do our early morning walks to Cohasset for coffee.
August 21st This picture of a dark, quiet, cloudy, afternoon at LBLR was taken by Bryan Reichel on August 9th. As he said "I love the mood that it sets". Thanks Bryan. Click HERE.

The lake level continues to fall, but at 1282.26 feet above sea level it's still about normal for mid-August.
August 22nd Although they are much different, Bryan's picture (see above) reminds me of the one that David Kielpinski took of the same general area back in June of 2007. Thanks again for that one David. Click HERE.

A couple of storms blew through here last night and as a result, the lake level went up a tad more than half an inch since yesterday. It's now at 1282.31 feet above sea level which, as I said, is about normal for this time of the year.
August_23rd A rather large colorful Dragonfly has appeared flying over the group of birds and gnomes in the woods along the Duplex driveway. Hmmmm......... Click HERE.
August 24th In these golden latter days of August, Nature has come to a serene equilibrium. Having flowered and fruited, she is now enjoying herself. I can see how things are going, it's a down-hill business after this. But for the time being, it's like swinging in a hammock.......such a delicious air, such a graceful repose!
-- Charles Dudley Warner (1870), from "My Summer in a Garden".
August 25th By the way, Charles Dudley Warner (see above) had a neat life. He was educated when most men did not have an opportunity to become educated. He was not only a neighbor but also a good friend of Mark Twain with whom he co-authored "The Gilded Age", and the two of them seem to have a similar sense of humor. Warner's writing is insightful and funny, but not always politically correct as per our current standards. If you have a Kindle you can download some of his writings from for free. I particularly enjoyed "My Summer in a Garden" and "In the Wilderness".
August 26th The day before yesterday the Normans left after a nice one week vacation at LBLR. We'll see you guys next year as usual, right? Click HERE.
August 27th The weather has been hot, hot, hot. It's a good thing that this is the pre-Labor Day lull and that the resort is virtually empty, or there would be a lot of uncomfortable guests.
August 28th For several consecutive years back in the 1990s and early 2000s, my daughter, son-in-law, and their Rochester ski club (Traverski) literally took over LBLR for the Labor Day weekend. They spent their time water skiing and attending the annual Blues Festival at Jackpine Junction (which has since burned down). A group of them (not nearly as large as it used to be) will be here this Labor Day Weekend for a small reunion. Since they are now more than 10 years older than they were the last time they were here, I wonder if they will play as hard as they did then. To see a picture (albeit, a fuzzy one) of the group in 2001, click HERE.
August 29th After spending nearly three weeks in Cabin # 4, Chuck and Ruth have left (see the third bullet in the August 18th entry above) and unfortunatly they wont return until the year after next. It was a fun three weeks. They were visited by lots and lots of relatives from both sides of the family, most of whom hadn't been at LBLR in over 40 years, so I'm sure there was a lot of reminiscing going on. Thanks for coming you guys, and keep in touch if you don't mind.
August 30th At 1282.25 feet above sea level the lake is at its lowest point this year, but that's still nearly 4 inches above the lowest since I've been measuring it.
August 31st This dog tag from a memorial Little League tournament was found on the north end of the resort near cabin # 3. Does anyone know who it could belong to? Via the internet I found out that the Tournament was held in Bovey in early June, which might help a little bit. Let me know if you have any ideas. Click HERE.

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