Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Saturday one of my aunt's and her partner had invited many family members to their home which is outside Kalamazoo tucked away in a small community and on the edge of a lake.
They have a SunCatcher pontoon-style boat which comfortably seats 10-12 folks or so and has a 115 hp engine which can MOVE when it wants too...my uncle named it the Flying Couch...lol! It sits so comfortably. It even has a stereo system and plays CDs! We were jamming to the tunes and sometimes a quiet one would come along, suitable for the quiet, marshy wetlands we would travel a bit through.
The lake is very sedate with few boats on it and one side is totally undeveloped marshlands. As we puttered through we could see a few families of swans, scores of redwing blackbirds and an occasional beaver bobbing along in the water...one had a lilypad in its mouth.
The weather was made to order! Times of brilliant sunshine, but a nice breeze so it didn't get too hot. Later it rained as we pulled up to the dock (trip #2) and later YET it cleared and was heading for 10 pm as we went out on our last trek as one could still see twilight circling the lake with the slightest glow...magnificent to catch the lake with extended family members, some of whom I hadn't seen in over twenty years!
My only disappointment was not being able to get out on the lake in a kayak. I've never used a kayak and have been REALLY craving the idea of it. My uncle earlier promised me we'd get out together, he in one, me in another...however the rain came along and it just didn't seem right to scoot off together when there was so much catching up to do with various family members. So it never happened. But I'll tell you, it is a MIGHTY strong draw to get back there again...FAR sooner than TWENTY years from now! My aunt welcomed my family and I to come stay with them anytime. Of course 12 1/2 hours travel time and gas prices will certainly slow me down a tad! But I figure this is probably one of the best opportunities I have to nab a kayak and get a chance to see if this is something I'd like to pursue further...i.e. buy one for myself!
All in all it was a very special time. I stuck with my healthy eating for the most part, with my only planned exception being to enjoy a piece of my uncle's home made lasagna. Other than that, passed up on the beer, passed up on the sweets, brought my veggie tray and chowed all day on it.
Hope everyone gets to spend some great times with friends and family in some way this summer!