On Paddy Lake

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.”

-Hamlin Garland-

Ah, I have to repeat that, aaahhh.  We spent a couple of hours on a delightful little lake today just trolling about with the electric motor.  We set out with all of the trappings for fishing…rods, reels, bait…but today’s fishing excursion was more about relaxation and reminding ourselves not to get caught up in “work”.  I have been on the go over the past few weeks with a lot of grooming dogs as well as having board dogs every weekend.  Mike has gotten quite wrapped up in his woodworking hobby and Friday Farmer’s Market.  Today was a case of drop this and that and go fishing.  We never intended for the “hobbies” to become the “work” in our retirement so every once in a while we need to remind ourselves why we are out here.

The lake was like glass in the early mist shrouded light.  Paddy Lake is not far from where we live and not hugely popular with the fishing crowd.  It is a former logging site and has been lightly maintained by Forestry as a free recreational site.  If you want you could camp there…sort of…there is not a lot of room for tents or the like.  But the lake is a lovely little gem in the depths of the forest.  There are Rainbow Trout in the lake of a good size for eating.  However, in the summer’s heat the fish have a tendency to softness and a slightly muddy taste.  As a result our fishing tour of this lake today was all catch and release.

It was so peaceful and serene to be the only boat on the lake.  The call of loons across the lake was so charming…they kept popping up here and there close to us then off in the distance.  The cleanness and quietness of the electric motor on a tiny lake like this is so important.  It would be such a shame to soil the waters with oil from a gas-powered motor.  Life abounded around us everywhere, from the buzzing of flying insects to the very distinct yet distant call of the bald eagles from the treetops.

The weather this summer has been outstanding.  It reminds me of the long seemingly endless summer days of childhood.  It is almost too hot for yard and garden work but fantastic for a day on the lake.

Today’s “stone” is Day 228  peace, serenity, calm, happy, all that is a lake


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