Monday, July 13, 2015

Fun at the Lake


I took my raft up to the lake this afternoon and rowed around for a few hours.  At one point, I went ashore, got out of the raft, waded into the lake, then swam, then towed the raft, swimming, as I often do, so as not to leave it behind.  It was a super lazy swim across the arm diagonally at a very slow lazy pace.  I didn't even really swim this time, but laid my upper body across the paddle board and just kicked my legs.  It was so dreamy and lazy.  I was in heaven.

I swam across to the big rocks.  The water falls away down into the depths against the rocks.  I love staring down into the water there, as I sit on a submerged rock.  Sometimes I climb up and jump off the rocks, but I didn't this time.  Too lazy.

At one point, I put my foam paddle board behind my back across the raft and laid back, drifting off to sleep as the raft rocked with the waves.  This is a favorite "activity".   Napping in the raft.

Back along the point, beyond the osprey nest tree, two young men were up on the rope swing.   One was trying to talk the other one into jumping.  It was his first time.  I took a video of him finally jumping.  Their leaps were quite impressive.

I did not want to leave.  I love going up to the lake.  It's just over 30 miles.  I don't know why I don't drive up more often.   I could just go for a couple hours.  Today I went and I love it!

On the news tonight, it seems the New Yorker magazine is featuring an article about the next big earthquake, the one that will destroy the western half of Oregon.  They are saying everything west of I5, the north south interstate freeway, will be toast when the Cascadia fault slips and we get a subduction quake with tsunami.  If I'm home, I'll be good because I only live about a mile west of I5.  That was good to hear, although not so great for all points west.   And not so good since everything will be destroyed, there won't be much of anything left, like food and water or roads or bridges.  But you got to take the good with the bad and I'm right on the line of being affected, if I'm home and not off at the coast, which would be a major bummer.

I thought the online survey, "what's your aftershock story" where you plug in your zip code to find out the local destruction, which I believe was on the PBS or OPB website awhile back, was a little much.

 Supposedly it could come at any moment.  I won't hold my breath because there's not a damn thing I can do about it.


  1. The lake looks glorious - I am glad that you gave yourself a treat by going there.
    I am with you about these disaster warnings. If you can't do anything about it, it isn't worth bothering with. Or even remembering.

    1. It's like there are no big disasters currently to cover in the news so they are pre covering a disaster, building it up, like the media hopes they can just make it happen that way, so they'll have a tragedy to cover. I don't know. Nobody can do anything about it. They say "well, you can store several weeks worth of food and water". Not really, because earthquakes destroy that too. You can't prepare for an earthquake as a private person really. So shut up already, media!

    2. Our town has the most insipid major disaster plan you could imagine. Like handing out Mountain House freeze dried backpacking food, to survivors, who probably would have no way to rehydrate that or cook it.(Mountain House is made here at Oregon Freeze Dry). That's after people somehow make their way to the police station, the one they're moving now. I think the city got money to plan for disasters and had their committee meetings to pretend, so they could get the money.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed a well deserved relaxation break. You have a good attitude about the earthquake news. Every single day brings another big news scare. I know bad news sells, so I just count each day above ground as a win and try to live my life.

    1. Every day I stay out of the cremation incinerator, a very good day indeed. I'm with you, Darla! It's all we can do and it's all anybody has ever done. Ear plugs are a must in today's world.

  3. Seems you had a really good time...good to read, one has to have fun once in awhile...