Savoring summer

Although Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes that is actually quite modest as there are thousands more.  The advantage for those of us in urban areas in the state is that we are never very far from a wonderful lake.  Within a 10-mile radius of our home are a dozen plus lakes to enjoy.  On a calm summer’s evening earlier this week, we launched our canoe for a leisurely paddle.  We took along a light dinner to enjoy, a transistor radio to listen to the baseball game, and good attitudes to relax and appreciate the beauty of summer in Minnesota.  The colors of the sky and sunset reflected in the quiet waters of the lake.  In this photo you can see the power lines and electrical towers of the city, but you can’t see the interstate highway that is just on the other side of the far tree line.  On this evening there was no noise audible from the traffic, and we were serenaded by the call of a loon that was residing somewhere on the lake.  Except for the power lines, we could have easily been miles away from our urban life.  We were out on the lake for only a couple of hours but this short respite from the hustle and bustle, the noise and cacophony of the city life was a wonderful way to appreciate and savor the best of the summer season.

It was a dark & stormy night

We headed north this weekend for a little fishing trip — one that was full of delights and surprises.  We were tent camping and were fortunate to find a beautiful campsite on the shore of a northern lake.  As we drifted to sleep last night we were serenaded by a chorus of frogs and loons.  And yet in the middle of the night a storm moved through, bringing lightning and thunder, wind, and rain.  I lay wide awake in the tent, imagining a worst-case scenario and worrying about what we would do.  Luckily the worst of the dark & stormy night was off in the distance and what I was imagining didn’t develop.  When we awoke this morning we were greeted with summer temperatures, a calm lake, and clearing skies.  Today was beautiful for fishing.  With blue skies, white clouds, clear water, and the serenade of red-winged blackbirds and loons, we were successful in catching a “slug” of northern pike.  After having lived here in Minnesota for almost four years I’m appreciating even more the specialness and richness of our 10,000 plus lakes.