June 29, 2007

Gone fishin'

Fishing

Well, not really. I don't fish. But I wanted to put up a photo from last year's July vacation at my parents' camp, and I liked this one of Dandelion Niece. She's standing on the edge of an island in the Big River that Runs Between Two Countries. You can't see the rest of my extended family, but they are scattered about the island, some sprawled on the rock to soak up the sun, some splashing in the cold river water, some rooting through the ice chest to find food. The river is filled with islands of grey rock, more than a thousand islands altogether, and that's where we swim on sunny afternoons.

I won't be fishing this week up at camp, but I'll be canoeing through the marsh, sailing on the river, hiking through the woods, and swimming off islands like this one. Back at camp, we'll have games of bocce and horseshoes and frisbee golf. Boy in Black has decreed that we'll be playing Ultimate Frisbee every single day, and he is insisting that every person must play, although my parents keep saying they are content to be spectators. We'll have campfires at night and music, of course, depending on how many musical instruments can fit in the car when we pack.

In the midst of all the activity, I'll also have some quiet time to read and to write in my journal, to hang out in the hammock under the oak trees, and to take evening walks with my husband. Of course, living in a tent for a week means no computer access, but I'm likely to come home with stories. And a few photos, of course.

Camp

That's my father's sailboat at the dock.

13 comments:

Picky Mick said...

Can I borrow your dad's boat for an evening? And the lake too?

PPB said...

I wanted teh lake! You can have it when I'm done! And the canoe, too, please?

Rev Dr Mom said...

Hope you have a wonderful week. Looking forward to the pictures when you get back.

Kyla said...

Have a great week, jo(e).

jar said...

Look forward to seeing the photos. Have a wonderful week.

RageyOne said...

have a great time!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Have tons of fun! Cool pix! take more. :-)

adjunct whore said...

i'm not in a terrificly stress free or good place right now, but the first thing (selfishly of course) that came to mind is i want your life....beauty and peace.

clever[art] said...

Have a great time. Looking forward to all the photos you'll share with us upon your return.h

dr. zombieswan said...

I thought of this lovely marshy area you described before when I was at our family's lakehouse in TX this week. We do not live on an edge; we live right in the middle, and there are always noisy skiers and jetskis. It isn't peaceful, except when it's been raining or early in the morning. Which are also not times I can drag twins down there. But I was thinking of how cool it would be to hang out in the places you've described. :)

And since I've been gone all week, I just read your other blog entries. I love your description of your dress buying. I once had plans to go in freezing weather with rain to a parade (we ended up NOT going) in FEBRUARY and went to the store to buy gloves & a hat. They had bikinis, but no gloves. Amazing. I think retailers are usually doing a lot of drugs, or are just so much better at planning their lives out than I am... they know they'll need gloves for Feb way back in Sept or August, when I'm looking for shorts & bathing suits.

joanna said...

have a wonderful time. Your blog is always full of good writing, and I eagerly await your post-vacation installments.

Patti said...

I thought that's where you were! I practically grew up there.

Xtin said...

There is a river in my town. It's all famous, and everything. But oh, how I miss the water. How I miss the sea, the lakes, the sight of a wet horizon. How I miss it.

Lovely post. As always.