We read about it in the Echo, of course, sitting in our backyard on beautiful Lake Darling.  It’s all anecdotal – with reports of record boat sales nationwide . . . and locally!!  🙂  But we have proof – if you’re willing to accept our following report.  We hope you will honor our dubious references.  Full disclosure – in the last several days I have noticed I don’t see very well out of my right eye, and the supervisor lost her library card and while attempting to use mine discovered mine had been cancelled (they thought I was dead!).  Nevertheless, after a morning and early afternoon watching The Open, we just happened to look out and see . . . well, we rushed out onto the deck.  It was lovely – not the 91 putrid degrees that was predicted.  It was 79 with a nice breeze.  We saw people – and boats – everywhere.  We promptly donned our Speedos and made for the Moby Obie.  In the 11 years we have lived on the shores of beautiful Lake Darling, we had never seen so much activity on, and in, the lake!  🙂

[The state bird was frolicking.]

[The state fish was . . . well, frolicking too.]

[Arnie and Jo’s neighbors are in such numbers, there are cars parked on the lawn and two large tents are set up on the lawn.  And they all have been spending time in the lake . . . frolicking!  (Aside:  Arnie and Jo sold the motorhome this morning – it took a year.  They still go to Florida every winter, but now to a house.)]

[Not only boating – people were swimming, off the boats and docks.]

[And just enjoying the day outside with company.  By this time, we had cruised by the Fieldhammers, saw Pris and Paul sitting on their deck, and invited them onboard for a short cruise of beautiful Lake Darling on the Moby Obie.]

[Hmmm, guess no wine stop today.]

[And checking out remodelings.]

[Back to the neighbors.]

[Root beer float? . . . or until we meet again.]

p.s.  Lilac Lodge is no longer Lilac Lodge (will be featured in a blog column soon)!

[And then the Arrowwood pontoon went by with a full load.]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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