July 2007

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The Calends of July I found this on the internet and I have no idea who wrote it or when. If I knew who the author was I'd give him (or her) credit for it.

Summer, I hate you.
Winter, please come home.
Autumn, you would do nearly as well.
Spring, even you would suffice.
Anything but July.
July 2nd There's a 3 day fishing tournament in progress on LBL at the moment. Three teenagers staying in cabin 3 are on one team, and 2 teenagers staying in Peterson Bay are on the other team. Since it has been raining off and on all morning the competitors haven't been all that enthusiastic, but they're working at it a little.

10:00 PM update:
The fishing today was not all that great, but I believe that my guys are ahead with 6 1/2 pounds of Large Mouth Bass. The Peterson Bay guys were ahead for awhile on the strength of a nice Northern, but it was eaten by a turtle while the guys took a lunch break and hence, disqualified. We still don't have their official weigh-in for the day, but I don't think it's going to be very good.
July 3rd In the June 11th Chronicles entry I posted a picture of some turtle eggs (presumably from a Snapper), and I wondered why they happened to be in the shallow water near the shore every summer. (That entry is HERE. Also read the June 13th entry while you're there.)

John Latimer broadcast his response to my question on the air last week. His source (Carol Hall, who works with the Minnesota County Biological Survey) told him that the eggs, which were oblong and about 1 1/4 inches in the long direction were actually from a Painted Turtle, not a Snapping Turtle. (Snapping Turtle eggs are round.) She speculated that the mother turtle is probably unable to dig a nest to deposit them in, so she drops them in the water near the shoreline every year. The reason that she can't dig a nest could be because she is missing one of her hind limbs, which may have been bitten off by a raccoon or a fox when she was younger.
Independence Day "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

-- Emma Lazarus (1883)
July 5th 61 years ago today in Paris the bikini was introduced to the world.
July 6th The Rieders ate breakfast on the front porch, but poor Ben (lower left) didn't get to eat. Click HERE.

LBL Bird number 77: American White Pelican.
07/07/07 My three daughters are all clearly visible in this picture. It's the first time they've been together in 4 years. Click HERE. And to see them at the fire, click HERE.
July 8th Click HERE.
July 9th The Hughes family fished for a few hours today. Total keepers: 14 Crappies.
July 10th Today was windy, rainy, cold (high 60s), and the power was out for 3 we went bowling!
July 11th This week (for the 19th consecutive summer) the Hansons are here in their usual 3 cabins. But there is a difference this year. If you count "in utero" there are five generations of them here this time.
July 12th Lori and I put 33 miles on the bikes today. We're getting in shape for the GR to Ely trip in the fall, but we have a long way to go.
July 13th I had to make sure the pilot lights in the furnaces were lit this evening. What a cold July night this is going to be!
July 14th Cold and rainy again this morning. That's 4 days in a row.

LBL Bird Species number 78: Chestnut-sided Warbler. (And it's a new lifer as well.) Click HERE.
July 15th A contrast: Click HERE.
July 16th Are these guys enjoying the lake, or what? Click HERE.
July 17th Over the last two and a half weeks the surface of the lake has warmed a few degrees to about 75, the middle depths have warmed a few degrees to just below 60, and the lower depths have remained in the lower 40s (no increase to speak of there). Click HERE.
July 18th Pat's kids, grandkids, and great grandkids made her a t-shirt containing 19 years worth of Little Bass Lake memories. Click HERE to see it.
July 19th The following dissertation is all conjecture because I don't really know much about this stuff. It's based on the data in this graph, which I've been collecting since the ice went out in late April: Click HERE.

One would think that as the year wears on, the graph will become inverted from the way it is now, with the surface becoming the coldest and the water getting warmer as it gets least to a point. Maybe 50 feet down will always be colder than 40 feet down, but the surface, 10 feet, 20 feet, and maybe even 30 feet down might eventually be colder than 50 feet down. [Aside -- That could be the case because water is the most dense at just under 40 degrees and it doesn't appear that the bottom will get much colder than that. But the surface will have to get down to 32 degrees in order to freeze, and the cold water should stay nearer the surface because it'll be lighter than the 40 degree water near the bottom. It'll be interesting to watch. -- End of aside] Will there be a time when the whole lake is nearly the same temperature? If there is, I bet it will even out at slightly above 40 degrees.

Notice that the graph begins on April 23rd (the day after the ice was completely gone) and already the surface temperature had went up from 32 degrees to almost 50. [Aside -- Does that mean that the Spring turn-over had already occurred? -- End of Aside] I bet it'll cool down a lot slower than it heated up. I'm also going to watch the temperature through the ice this winter, but I bet the temperature of the deep water wont change much. It'll be neat when we have data for a whole year.
July 20th Whew! -- Here's something to always remember: When one deals with a woman, one must do it as if dealing with a volcano. When it erupts, all one can do is watch.
July 21st For a tad less than a year this place has been inundated with rabbits. They're everywhere! They must be breeding like rabbits because they're all over the place. LBLR could be a rabbit hunters paradise; a person could get his limit without ever leaving the resort.
July 22nd Another contrast: Click HERE.
July 23rd Geez, it's HOT! Mid 90s is predicted for the next 3 days up here, but only the mid 80s down state. That's not fair, is it?
July 24th [The modern] "get rich quick" disease has produced a civilization which has destroyed the simplicity and repose of life, its poetry, its soft romantic dreams and visions.......and replaced them with a money fever, sordid ideals, vulgar ambitions, and a sleep which does not refresh. It has created a thousand useless luxuries and turned them into necessities which satisfy nothing.

Who said that, do you suppose? Actually, it was Mark Twain.........and he said it 102 years ago.
July 25th Words for today:

In the summer when the days are hot,
I like to find a shady spot,
And hardly move a single bit
And sit, and sit, and sit, and sit.
July 26th Due to the recent heat wave the surface temperature of the lake reached 80 degrees yesterday......and my secchi disk went to the bottom in 60 feet of water this morning when the knot came untied. Darn!
July 27th I don't like to think about anyone ruining their life by having more fun than me.
July 28th Barb and Carolynn wanted it mentioned that they had to clean the cabins by themselves this morning because Cindy just HAD to go to the rodeo this weekend.
July 29th As per the weather bureau, there are several more 90+ degree days ahead of us now........fall is not coming fast enough.
July 30th Three DNR people spent most of the day on Little Bass Lake today. They were doing a survey to determine what is called the "Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI). For details, click HERE.
July 31st See the July 1st entry (above).

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