It’s race weekend in the town near the lake where we spend much of our summer. Actually, as I am about to press, PUBLISH, the race is complete. If you watch the video, winners are the third canoe to pass and while the canoe in the lead finishes in second place. It’s a long race.
The race creates excitement for Grayling. And for us, too.
Yesterday was busy. Our kids, led by W, decided they were going to scuba dive in the lake. Both are scuba certified but that didn’t make my wife, or I feel any better about diving in the lake off the pontoon boat. But they did and they had a wonderful time.
Afterwards, they spent time on the lake, and we gathered at the table for dinner – ribs, beans, and salads (not pictured, but delicious).
Then it was off to watch the start of the race, the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Town is only minutes from the lake and the river source is in the highlands north of the lake. Two other rivers have their sources in the highlands around us and all three are known for their trout fishing and canoeing.
The race begins in town with a Le Mans style start and finishes over 120 miles (193 km) downstream where the river flows into Lake Huron.
It’s our tradition to watch the start of race from Borchers Canoe and Kayak Livery just downstream from the start. After all the canoes pass by, we return (quickly) to our cars and drive to watch the canoes pass through first checkpoint. By then, the race is close to an hour-old and my race night is complete. But my wife and kids continue to follow the race traveling downstream to cheer on the racers.
Last night, I returned to the lake to watch a waning moon setting over the lake.
A couple of hours later, W and his wife came home around midnight. My wife and daughter came home much later, but by then I was fast asleep.
The race is always fun to watch, but it’s best being together by the lake. Today, we’ll spend time on the lake and then our son and his wife will pack up and head home Monday. My summer is winding down with the return of school in a fortnight. I have a short trip home to present at a teacher conference on Tuesday, then I’ll return for one more week before school begins on Monday, August 15.
Summer moves quickly, and it’s good to be present for time with our families. Today is going to be an amazing day. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, enjoy traditions of the season.
Does your family have a summer tradition? If so, please share.
Footnote: This morning I reviewed several of my MtDC posts and discovered that while I’ve been blogging for over 12 years, many older posts don’t view as I formatted them at the time. I also discovered that my YouTube Channel needed some updating as well. If you are interested, here’s a link to the AuSable River Marathon playlist.