Has everyone else had as much of a crazy summer as we’ve had? Our family from Texas was here and just recently flew back home. Then, of course, I wrote about our visit to see my best friend, Kelly. And last month I mentioned how I stayed 10 days with our grand dog, Hoover, while our daughter was in the hospital. As I write this, she just returned home from being admitted once again, this time because her hemoglobin was too low. She received three transfusions and hopefully her blood count will stabilize. If not, she’ll have to deal with another issue on top of everything else. So I was back at their house for four days taking care of Hoover again.
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” ~Tom Stoppard
So needless to say, other than a couple of small watercolor paintings on canvas, I really haven’t done much in the way of any other projects. So I thought I would share some photos I took of this past weekend, along with a few older photos of our five lakes and channels.
This is the largest of the five lakes and the one our cottage is on. That’s Mr. Cottage kayaking in front of me. Our lake is over 400 acres in size and it’s shallow in many locations, but it goes to approximately 67 feet in depth.
Obviously, this was taken in the fall and it gives the view we see across from our cottage.
There are a lot of cottages and houses around our lake.
There’s also a couple of spots where many boats and pontoons anchor to swim and party on really hot days.
CHANNEL INTO LITTLE LINCOLN LAKE
At the far north end of our lake is a huge private campground for RV’s, mobile homes and park models. The channel runs along their property and Sadie loves looking at all the activity and dogs she can watch.
Across from the private campground is all wetlands. Yes, the leaves are already changing on the one lone tree!
LITTLE LINCOLN LAKE
Once we get through the channel we’re in Little Lincoln Lake. It’s all wild and there are no houses on it. Lots of fishing and kayaking. It’s hard to see, but there’s a slightly darker area in the weeds above (just left of the middle) where kayakers can turn into it and it’ll take them to another tiny lake. At this point we can keep straight and go into Black Lake or go left and into Friant Lake.
ENTRANCE INTO FRIANT LAKE
There’s no channel, just the white signs above to let you know you’re in Friant Lake.
Friant is very small and has lots of lily pads and cattails. Again, no houses or cottages; and it’s a no wake zone.
CHANNEL INTO BLUE LAKE
This channel going from Friant to Blue Lake is so narrow and so shallow that we don’t usually ride through it except during the weekday. There’s a curve in this narrow channel and if another boat is coming towards you, someone is going to have to back up because it’s only wide enough for one boat. But once you see Blue Lake, you’ll know why everyone wants to go there.
This is the actual color of the lake and it’s so beautiful!
There’s plenty of nice houses and cottages on Blue Lake and it’s always great to see who’s remodeling their cottage into a gorgeous house.
CHANNEL FROM BLUE LAKE HEADING BACK INTO FRIANT LAKE
This is coming out of the channel from Blue Lake and the lake you see above is Friant. Little Lincoln is way off in the distance.
LITTLE LINCOLN LAKE HEADING INTO BLACK LAKE
We’re back in Little Lincoln, but now heading into Black Lake.
I love Black Lake because you really can’t see the houses and it looks all natural and beautiful. The houses are setback. They can see the lake, but it’s hard to see them.
We came across this deer one year just standing and watching us.
CHANNEL FROM LITTLE LINCOLN LAKE INTO LINCOLN LAKE
We’re heading back to Lincoln Lake from the channel.
Here’s one of many muskrats swimming across our big lake. There’s many coves along the way that I didn’t share and there’s some stunning houses that are totally drool worthy. I hope you liked these few snippets of our 5 connected lakes.
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