Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 14, 2011

There was a large flock of amphibious mammals out on Lake Wicwas this weekend.  They seemed to congregate in the late afternoon at the south end of the lake, and then travel in a somewhat fragmented group up the lake and around Bryant Island, and then regroup on the eastern shore of the lake.  Yes, the big event this weekend on Lake Wicwas was the 2nd annual paddle regatta!  It was another fabulous event, with lots of people from all around Lake Wicwas participating.  It again started near the boat launch, with kayaks, canoes, and boats of various sizes and shapes paddling around Bryant Island, and returning to our gracious  hosts on the east shore of the lake.  As there was last year, we enjoyed great food and drink, interesting company, and learned lots about what is happening around the lake.  Many thanks go to those who arranged and hosted the event!

Some of the vessels
The Committee Boat


There were multiple generations of families, from  young to young-at-heart, and lots of fun.  We even invited the loon family, but they decided to keep to themselves.

Somewhat less known, there was also a wonderful wedding celebration on the lake this weekend, with a fantastic new couple, and friends and family from as far away as Virginia.  The weather for both events was perfect, and eveyone had a great time.

As for quieter things going on around the lake, the mushrooms have the action right now.  Here's just a sample of what you'll find around the lake at the moment.  The speed at which these grow is amazing - they can be just poking out of the ground in then morning, and by afternoon they can be 4 inches high.  That is, of course, if the chipmunks, squirrels, and slugs don't eat them first.
Do you remember the hobblebush viburnum blossoms from May 14th? 
May 14, 2011
Here's what those blossoms have turned into:
Hobblebush Viburnum
Oh - and there were also two fishing tournaments on the lake this weekend;  a large one one on Saturday, and a somewhat smaller one on Sunday.  Good thing Chuck was busy this weekend, so there were some fish left for them!

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