Friday, September 3, 2010

Arriving for the last big holiday of the summer.

I've written the blog about driving down to the lake house several times in the past.  And today was essentially no different than all the other times, so I reflect back to see if anything was special.  Well,,,,, not really.  It takes over three hours to get here, and we didn't leave until after 3 in the afternoon.

It rained for most of the day, and we had a cool front that followed us down here as we drove.  The sky was very unsettled and all boily looking.  It finally over took us just as we arrived.  The heavens opened up and a downpour began.

We drove over a number of tree limbs as we got here, so there must have been some high wind before we arrived.  We just opened the garage door with the automatic opener, and scooted inside.  That kept us dry as we unloaded things.

The house was 90 inside, but after the rains, it cooled off  70 or so outside. That allowed us to  just run the fans with the sliding doors open.  The forecast is for really cool nights for the next couple of days, so perhaps the AC can remain off too.

We expect my older son and his family tomorrow, so not much time to prepare the house for company.  That will be fine, as we generally clean up before we go home.  Never good to arrive to a mess from last time.

We had some really big strikes of lightening out on the lake beyond our porch tonight.  One particular strike hit the water hard, so we will see if we have a computerized lift control that works in the morning.

Last year, we took a strike that burned out most of the ground fault outlets on the floating dock.  One of them was the ground fault shorty drop cord that protects the lift motor control box.  The lightening strike caused the cord and ground fault to explode into pieces.  Somehow the electronic lift control survived, so perhaps I will get lucky again tonight.

As I type this the rain is coming down in a torrent outside, so we are huddled here in the living room listening to the rain on the lake.

We are about three miles from town around the North shore.  It is quite wooded, once you drive over the dam to the North.  Originally the highway went over the dam, but now because the 1930's road is so narrow, the highway is re routed to a bypass about three miles to the East.  That makes our road out here much less traveled, so we are really in the woods.

Just us and mother nature.  Well and the neighbors, when they are here.

Retired Rod


  1. Somehow, sitting inside nice and warm, while torrents of rain fall on the lake outside, sounds like a pretty nice evening - as long as there's no lightning strikes! Great post!

  2. I've always been a little afraid of the power of lightning, but I love to hear the thunder.

  3. I love listening to the rain, a good book, and maybe a glass of wine. Life don't get any better...


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