Today was supposed to be sunny and mild (mid 60s) so we decided to go to the lake, something we always try to squeeze in when Lina is home. We got everything packed and loaded to do some grilling, and right before leaving I decided to just check on the burn ban situation. I had checked last week and everything was clear, but guess what? The burn ban has been reinstated in the county where the lake is located. We pulled our grilling stuff out of the trunk and had to settle for a cold picnic.
When we arrived at the lake, we stopped (as we always do) to pay the entry fee. It is on the honor system. You get a little envelope out of the box, put your money in, and then fill out the information on the outside of the envelope and on the tear-off tag that you hang from your rearview mirror (license plate number and state). You hang the tag and then drop the envelope into a slot in a locked box. Simple system.
So today, Jasper got out of the car to get me an envelope. When he handed it to me, I saw that it had already been filled out. Then I realized what had happened. Someone had filled out the information on the envelope and the tag before realizing that no one was watching. So they hung the tag from their mirror and put the empty envelope back in the box. If a ranger came by he would see the tag and assume the person had paid the fee. This type of dishonesty would never have occurred to me.
It was actually a kind of chilly day and we had a chilly picnic with no fire to warm ourselves at. Still, as always, we had the place to ourselves. All that water, sky, and grass and we didn’t have to share! Even the heron that normally stalks those waters was nowhere to be seen. Jasper went on a long hike and Lina and I stayed and enjoyed the sunshine and the peace.
I did some reading and dozing and knitting. The winter sunlight seemed to make my yarn glow. Lina also got some knitting done on the cardigan she’s working on:
After a beautiful drive home, we had a bit of a break before leaving for the local Christmas balloon glow. This is a very active hot air ballooning area, and we have big balloon races here every summer, but this was just a chance to see some balloons up close as they fired up their burners in the darkness after sunset.
Although it was already crowded, we found a good parking space and watched as the eight huge balloons sporadically lit up. A fellow spectator told us that at 6:00 they would all light simultaneously, and they did, albeit very briefly. It was a beautiful sight.
We still made it home in time for supper and a pleasant evening afterward. Lina helped me put the lights and garlands on my teacup tree!