Day Five – Relaxing

Trip Start Jul 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

After breakfast, Kim wanted to go canoeing again.   After yesterday's rough ride, Kim wanted to just go around the island once.  Well, I took her over to an adjacent island to look around.  She was OK with that.  Then we did another and then another.  On the way back, I steered us around the big island next to us, Thwartway (Leek) Island.  Kim fussed a little, but we kept going.  When we were almost finished, we stopped on the beach that Kim did not want to go on last night.  It was a good thing we did.  Kim found a pocketful of beach glass.

Jeff Rand came by today to see how things were going.  We asked about Patty Bain’s tombstone or memorial marker.  It turns out that it was his mother.  They poured her ashes from that spot.  He was surprised that we walked to that end of the island.

When Jeff was in the Main cabin, he pointed out the fish that were on the wall.  They were caught by his grandmother.  The fish would not bite on just any bait.  She would tie a hook to a kitten.  The swimming movement (yes, they can swim) attracts the pike and muskie.  Up to this time, I did not think there was a use for cats.  Apparently, cats can be useful!

Kim went off to read and I went fishing.  I didn’t have any real bites until Jama suggested that I use a hot dog (I was fresh out of kittens!).  I got a bite right as the first hot dog hit the water.  I finally got a fish after a few casts.  I had a few more bites, but didn’t land them.  I have not been fishing in many, many years.  It was something I wanted to do for a long time, did not take the time.  I enjoy just being alongside the water and fishing.  It was peaceful and relaxing.

A couple of people were going out on kayaks.  I went along.  As I turned around the leeward side of the island, I saw a mink running in the rocks by the shoreline.  I stayed and watched him for a few minutes.  We have been seeing a few minks on the island.  After we got back, we went swimming and snorkeling.  Rob was looking for his sun-glasses that he lost a few days ago.  We looked for a while, but did not find them.

Kim was joking that she was not going to be able to handle the rest of the week.  It was bad enough that she has to endure my humor, but now she also has my Dad.  She says we are identical in our humor.  It is going to be too much for her!  She even points out that we look almost identical, since we both now have the same hair style!

Tonight was Janet and Ron’s turn to make dinner.  It was pasta and broccoli.  I wisely avoided the broccoli, since I am allergic to it!  I am really enjoying the meals.  Not only do they taste great; they are a like a community event.  Everyone pitches in to get ready and clean-up after the meal.

Mary had her laptop along and used it to show some pictures mom’s relatives had scanned.  They were the making of the dam and the filling of Lake Marburg.  Mom grew up on a farm that is now under the lake.  I remember being at the farm before the lake was filled.  Someday, I would like to dive to find the property.

I taught Mary how to pour a beer tonight.  She is doing a good job.  All I had to do was say "Daddy needs another beer."  She would roll her eyes and another beer would appear.  I am so proud of that girl!

After dinner, we retired to the Point cabin’s deck to watch the sunset.  I had the computer along so I could work on writing this blog and show pictures.  However, once the pictures were started, we looked at them until the battery died.  We will have to finish the pictures later.  It brought back a lot of memories for Mom and Dad.  There were some wedding pictures.  There were a few pictures of Mom that just looked like Mary!
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