How can it be that we’re already back to summer? It seems that we just closed up Bear Lake and here we are back to opening up again. Before I show you all the fun stuff that’s happening up here this year, I have to say that “opening up” is not all fun. This year a large family of mice used the Lighthouse for their “Winter Quarters”. Cleaning up the mice mess after a winter away happens every year but we can’t think of a year when the “round ‘em up and move ‘em out” has been worse! I won’t explain the details but they’re pretty gruesome.
Turning the soil over and pulling out the weeds and grass in our eight little flower gardens is much more pleasant. As the birds twitter and the lake is laid out before me like a picture straight out of National Geographic I feel a genuine majesty. But it’s also hard work. Which is my thing! My mom and dad taught me to work and honestly, I’d so much rather do that for five hours straight than spend twenty five minutes on the elliptical. Still, it’s good hard, sweaty work! And I love it!
But there are so many other things that we love about the lake. Lady and Duffy are there enjoying the still fresh green grass:
Grandfather Rick has fulfilled the dream of his life with a new real sail boat. He’s like a kid in a candy story. He thinks about it just before he goes to sleep and first thing in the morning when he wakes up. I have to admit that it’s pretty hard to keep him “on task” with the work at hand with this thing sitting out in the water.
Another reason it’s hard to get him to concentrate on the fixing the sprinklers and the deck chairs that are falling apart is the brand new surface on our old cracked-up tennis court. It’s a beauty!
Every year we forget just how spectacular the Bear Lake sunsets are! How can you beat this anywhere on earth? Our kids are going to be drooling over thinking about “skiing on the gold”.
Twenty minutes later, it looks like this:
Other sunset….all within a few days:
Mice or no mice, this place is exquisite peace to the soul. We look forward to another summer to re-charge and gather our family so that we can glue them together with the spirit of the lake!