Rats! Where is it….? I hope not left at the lake! I will check in my car again, just in case.
I took lots of photos of our wonderful long weekend at Lake Chautauqua.
The dock was a big part of the weekend…..(This photo is from 2012!) I have not been in our boat since the last time I was on the lake with Paul, August 2005.Ever increasingly painful knees, melanoma cancer, double replacement knee surgery and breast cancer and the aftermath of exhaustion last summer made it impossible. And that voice in my mind that says, “Oh, no, you can’t do that”, that voice which Andy has been helping me silence ever so gently, kept me off the water. But this year, I did it! Yes! I even managed getting off the boat onto a very bouncy bit of dock at the Casino (restaurant with no gambling!) and getting off again at our own dock when the boat was a bit farther away than I would have liked. We did it. We boated out past Point Chautauqua, past the bell tower and the Institute across the lake, past Midway, past Long Point into Bemus point where we had to wait a bit for the Ferry to pass us by and then docked at the Casino close to the bridge. It was wonderful. On the way back we were very close to the Chautauqua Belle, a tourist paddle wheel steam boat reminiscent of the bit steam boats used to take vacationers from the train stations in Mayville or Jamestown around the lake before the roads were built.
So many many memories. Wonderful memories. I’m really happy that our boat is still going well after all these years. I’m glad that Andy can persuade me that I can do things, and should do them. Yes!
Another old photo of the cottage……This one from 2011…..