The Changing Lake

Lake Winnepesaukee has more than 283 miles of shore; the water way is 15 miles wide and 25 miles long. The ever-changing weather in the skies above are reflected in every ripple of the lake.

This Sunday started with showers, with grey skies, mist and fog obscuring the mountains in the distance. But the day changed almost hour-by-hour. The clouds shifted from angry, dark grey to puffy streaks against a baby blue background.  The view from the lake by boat or even just standing on the dock of the house is something to behold. Our short trip to hang out in Braun Bay was a highlight . We paddled in the water for a while and watched a loon swim for food and were treated with the call of the loon – which is always infectious.

After Sunday dinner, Doug and I decided to take a quick evening ride by boat to Centre Harbor. We glided through the nearly flat water, passing beautiful homes and a few other boats. The Mount Washington was on an evening cruise. After docking at Centre Harbor, we walked to Red Hill Ice Cream; got two small cones and walked back to the dock as the sun was beginning to set quickly. I snapped a photo of three boys fishing off the dock. Their playful innocence on an August evening was delightful to see; made more special in the waterfront setting with beautiful summer flowers.

The sun had set as we approached our vacation house. We glided in smoothly to the dock – and were greeted by my brother..and a special visitor – Shelby the dog. It seems Shelby had wandered from two houses down Lunt Lane. Shelby almost seemed sad to go back to his home – but his owner was pleased we walked him back home.

What will the lake bring tomorrow?

Return to the Lake

The thing about vacation is the journey getting there. Why does it seem that it takes forever to get to your destination? Looking back on the past 48 hours, I’m so happy to be back at Lake Winnepesaukee, but now I’d like the clock to just slow down.

The Moultonborough house here in New Hampshire is just the same as I remember. It’s nothing fancy, but offers spectacular views of our little piece of the lake and plenty of places for six adults to have whatever personal moments they’d like. Doug successfully launched the boat at Long Island for the short ride to the dock at the house. We were so incredibly happy to be getting her Saturday, that we forgot to eat lunch. Steve & Sue (brother & sister-in-law), my parents and us towing the boat were in our separate vehicles. We met at the BJ’s in Tilton, shopped there and at the Shaw’s supermarket next door, then made our way to the rental office in Centre Harbor. Doug, mom & dad headed to launch the boat while Steve, Sue and I went to the state store in Centre Harbor and picked up a few extra things at the Heath’s grocery to kill time before we could get the house key.

The next hours were about unpacking, checking out the house, getting dinner ready and most important, saying “hello” to the lake once more. After a spaghetti dinner with grilled sausage and salad. We toasted day one in the house, then Doug took us for a boat ride around Long Island. We admired the waterfront homes, watched the sky change as the sun started dipping to the west and even saw our first pair of loon of the week. Dusk led to a night of rain showers, but the peaceful night with the drumming of rain on the rocks and landscape led to a wonderful Sunday morning pancake breakfast (thanks, Doug!) and fruit. Why does everything taste better on vacation???

We’re having a lazy Sunday and may go visit Adam at Camp Robin Hood. May the clock tick ever-so-slowly.