It’s a perfect summer day.
We know how to relax on days like this. We have a Wellcraft 19 foot boat and the most gorgeous lake is only a few miles away; life is good.
We got our chores done in the morning, and while Dave preps the boat I prep the things we’ll need on the boat – drinks, snacks, dinner, music, reading material.
We arrive at Willoughby Lake about noon and head out in search of the ideal spot to drift. Personally, I think any spot on this lake is ideal, but Dave likes to make a decision based on a number of things. Like wind speed and direction, sun location and time of day, noise levels at different spots on the lake. He has made the choosing of a drift location a fine art.
Then it’s time to launch the floaties. This is my favorite part. Keep in mind that the water temperature today ranged from 62 to 65 degrees – at the surface. But with the floaties you can stay cool simply by proximity to the water without actually having to get in it.
Don’t they look inviting? They are so comfortable. We simply tie them to the boat so we don’t drift away from our base, mix a drink and flop in. It’s one of the most peaceful things in the world. Floating on the water, listening to the sounds of summer around you.
There aren’t many sounds today; it’s a peaceful place. Since we are drifting near Devil’s Rock we can hear the shrieks of teenagers as they jump off into the chilly waters. It’s a happy sound.
From time to time we hear the hauntingly soft sound of the loons calling.
On any given day we see a variety of interesting sights. Rock climbing on the Mount Hor side of the lake.
Occasionally we’ve seen climbers on the Mt. Pisgah side of the lake too.
A family of ducks taking a break. I think these are Common Mergansers.
We grilled scallops and peppers for dinner.
Our few hours on the lake were the perfect form of relaxation. Some days we don’t want it to end so we spend the night on the lake, but not today. Tomorrow is Father’s Day and we have preparations to make for a family barbeque.
We are thankful that we had this day.