Last night was a gift

So the thunderstorms of Saturday afternoon cleared out, leaving us with a clear, cool, low humidity evening to enjoy the lake.  Wasn’t supposed to happen.  What a beautiful gift.

Paula continued to practice her pizza making– cooking four different pies on the grill.  I continue to benefit from this experimentation.  These may be the last pies she cooks on the grill–  the outdoor wood-fired pizza oven should be completed shortly.

The lake was busy last night as many folks took advantage of the weather.  Our neighbors down Molasses Bay brought their Boston Whaler Montauk to camp and were out water skiing.  We ran in parallel for a while, and I felt their motor envy, looking at the new Honda outboard on our Whaler.  

I lost count of the number of canoes and kayaks passing by. The dogs welcomed each one.

The boys had the Jonboat out late, fishing through Dusk. They were quite successful.

Someone set off a few fireworks; someone else was playing jazz solos on a clarinet.

It was the kind of night at the lake you did not want to end.

Weekend update – July 23rd

It is Saturday morning- if you plan on doing anything outdoors– get out early.  It will probably cloud up and storm later.  Also– it is ironman weekend.  Avoid Lake Placid and Wilmington tomorrow.

My son and his wife are up with friends, and they brought someone new to camp.  I admit to being somewhat put out.  I was told she had a special diet, and that she might not like dogs. Jon talked about taking her out in the canoe today, even though she cannot swim.  I overruled that, and told him to take her around the lake in the Whaler.

Sure enough, she got upset when Saske tried to lick her face.  Then she hadm to go  to bed early, and I was told to keep the dogs quiet.  I was not to sure about this new visitor.

But then, she fell asleep on my shoulder, and I decided she could stay.  We welcomed Harper, our fifth grandchild, to camp.

Loon Lake Homeowners’ Association Annual Meeting

Pretty low-key event. 35 – 40 people attended.

Looking for more member participation.  The officers do the bulk of the work, and could use help.  Simple things, like mowing the beach area, and putting in the dock and float.

Water quality of Loon Lake is quite good. LLHOA has been monitoring  the lake through Paul Smith’s since the inception of their water quality monitoring program.  Last year, LLHOA conducted an underwater survey for invasives species.  Loon Lake remains invasive free.  
Over the past several years, LLHOA has replaced the dock at the boat launch, swim float at the beach, and purchased picnic tables for the beach.  These acquisitions have depleted the LLHOA reserves.

Membership is down, but steps are being taken to improve communication.  LLHOA is shifting to electronic communication, and now you can renew your membership and make contributins using PayPal.

There has been no activity before the APA regarding the development of Loon Gulf’s holdings around the lake.  This is not surprising as their holdings are listed for sale.

The LLHOA has a couple of committees (water quality, legal, picnic, etc.) and welcomes member participation.

The proposed slate of three Board members was approved unanimously  by the  membership.

A glorious morning…

Get up and get outside!  What a beautiful morning. I paddled early, greeted by the rising sun.  The water was dead calm. At one point, I came across three loons.  They all dove, and surfaced about 20 feet off my bow.  They were not disturbed by my presence, at all, and stayed with me for several minutes.

For the second morning in a row, as I paddled pretty quietly along the shoreline, I encountered naked swimmers as I crossed the head of a secluded bay.  They were a bit more disturbed by my presence than the loons had been.

The water is quiet warm and the morning is beautiful.  I swam (not naked) across Molasses Bay to the Burgess camp swim float, and back.  Upon returning to camp, I found the others just getting up.

As I write this, the loons are calling from the lake, down in front of our camp.  What a beautiful sound.

Enjoy the day.

July 16 – Weekend Update from Loon Lake

Not much to report–

Last night was beautiful.  Temperatures cooled down.  Water is perfect.

Today it is supposed to be overcast; we have a light rain here early.  Once that stops, should be good day to swim and fish.

Sunday will be the best day, weather-wise. Not sure what we will do, yet.

Reminder– the Loon Lake Homeowners’ Association annual  meeting is Sunday, at the Jewish Center, at 10 AM. And the picnic is in two weeks.

Reminder– be careful with outdoor fires.  Something was burning in the woods off Alder Brook Road on Friday afternoon–  the Bloomingdale Fire Department responded.

First-Hand Account of the canoe rescue– two young heroes at Loon Lake

The following is a verbatim report regarding the capsized canoe this past Friday.  From a very proud father.  These kids should be acknowledged at the LLHOA meeting next week…..

 The conditions were perfect for my 6 year old to make his first attempt at fishing from his kayak and we were headed to a lifetime hotspot across the lake from the beach where we launched. With my 4 year old Ryley sharing my cockpit and my 6 year old Rocket trailing closely I noticed something in the distance that appeared to be an overturned canoe. I really didn’t think much of it and it was some distance away so my initial thought was to stay on track and get after the fish. I continued to watch as we paddled across the lake and could see that the canoe was not moving. I could also see several people watching from the dock of the boathouse with tennis court.  I was confused by the onlookers and considered the possibility that they knew what was going on and everything was ok…considering they were equipped with boats of their own if there was truly a concern. As we continued toward the canoe, Rocket was focused and eager to gather facts. He looked to me and said “I hope everyone is ok”. By this time I could make out a person holding onto the end of the canoe. I yelled to them “are you ok?” To which he replied “no”. I sent back “are you alone” as our paddling hastened. He replied yes. By the time we reached him we could see that he was distressed as he was clinging to the canoe with his arms and legs wrapped around it like a baby monkey clinging to its mother. I asked if he could swim and he said no. I could see that his life jacket had floated up around his head and was not being worn properly but it was keeping him floating and he was breathing ok so I dismissed the consideration to reposition. We didn’t have any rope or other means to tie to his canoe and pull him to shore so we nosed our kayak into the end of this canoe (it was on its side) and started to paddle. Rocket looked to me and said”how can I help?” with conviction that I have never seen in him. I instructed him to keep pressure on the underside of the canoe while Ryley and I pushed from the other side. He maneuvered like it was second nature and we were making progress for shore…slowly. We continued to monitor the fallen paddler and though he was getting fatigued we were confident we would make it to shore. We were headed for the shoreline of the newly constructed home where the owner was waiting to assist. The paddler stated that his uncle owned the property next door to the south. At that point I saw him watching from the shore as well. As we got closer to shore we saw increased activity and heard sirens…I was baffled that such an extreme was taken but continued on. We handed the paddler off to the homeowner on shore whose beach had been taken over by first responders and turned to salvage some of our fishing opportunity. We could here the questioning between the paddler and the paramedics and one of the responders yelled “it looks like we have some little heroes!” I turned and looked to Rocket and asked if he heard that. He said yes with a modest grin and said “can we go fishing now?”



July 8th – Weekend Update from Loon Lake.

Well, it looks like Friday was the nicest day of this weekend.  We will have rain and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday.  I like sitting on the porch at night, listening to the rain and thunder.  At night.  In the dark. Not all day.

We capitalized on the weather yesterday– put the Whaler  back on the lake, did some minor work on the camp, and prepared  the outdoor pizza oven site for construction.  We also removed a downed tree from  one of the NYSDEC handicap accessible campsites down near Loon Lake Mountain.

Young wildlife surrounds us.  Yesterday, I saw young ducklings, turkeys, geese, ruffed grouse, and fawns. Showing no fear of humans.

We had some excitement at the lake, late yesterday afternoon.A canoe overturned– I believe in the southern, more populated area of the lake.  I did not see it happen.  Someone called the fire department for assistance.

So, what is wrong with that statement?  Where to begin….  First, it takes the fire department about forty minutes to respond out to the lake. I can just about swim the length of  the lake in about that time.  Second, the paddlers should have had lifevests in their canoe–and should have been wearing  them, if they had trouble swimming. The water temp is @ 75 degrees, so hypothermia was not an issue.  Third, by necessity, we need to be self-sufficient  and mutually supportive out here.  Enlist help from someone with a power boat. If the paddlers were in serious  trouble– waiting forty minutes for assistance is too long.  And what would the fire department do?  Probably enlist the help of someone on shore, with a power boat.

I cannot recall all of the times we have assisted an overturned canoe, disabled jet ski, a boat with a dead motor, or  recovered a boat adrift on the lake.  Its what you do, out here.

It is starting to rain harder now, so I am going to go walk the dogs…..