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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Caretaker's Concern for 8/5/2010

TCC for 8/5/10:

Last night's Sunset, the last one is a bit blurry but it has a bird in it! Uh, so?

This morning's sunrise, hazy and slow to start but in the end the close-ups of the sun aren't too bad:

The Lake was perfectly calm this morning with quite a bit of haze and cloud cover so the motorboat traffic was quite light, the Caretaker decided to take advantage of the Lake conditions and rowed the rowing skull over to Log Bay and back, it was a very pleasant row. Now at noon the Lake is still mostly calm with a bit of rain, not too heavy, coming and going.

When the Caretaker last left off he rode his bicycle to the Town of Schroon Lake for some soft-serve ice cream only to be denied. The next day, there were some visitors to the Island, while in the living room the Caretaker was explaining something that involved the floating swim raft that is anchored out in the North Bay between the Island and Sloop Island. He brought these guests over to the East windows to point out the swim raft, it wasn't there. The Caretaker then scanned around as best he could from his vantage point in the Living room but could not see the swim raft. He excused himself from the guests to go outside and look for the swim raft, since it wasn't where it was supposed to be the assumption was that the raft had broken its anchor line, this happened once last year, but having only recently been put in the water this year, the Caretaker was a bit surprised that the raft had broken its line so early in the season. Once outside and on the East shore of the Island the Caretaker was able to locate the raft, sure enough it had broken its anchor line and washed up on the rock pile between the Island and Sloop Island, thankfully the wind was from the Narrows, if it was from the South it would have blown the raft far, far away.

The Caretaker thought, great, now I have to go rescue that. Stupid swim raft.

After pulling the raft off the rocks the Caretaker installed a new anchor line for the raft, if all goes well he won't have to rescue the swim raft again this season. That was the only "rescue" for this day. Come tomorrow the story of the two hapless souls who got thrown from their boat while the engine was in gear.

Before there was the blog the Caretaker sent out posts via e-mail, the following is from the Caretaker's second winter on the Island:

Island Ice Report for 4/3/07:

No report today, just photos.

--The Caretaker

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