Black Lake Fever / Bear Tests the Waters 8/2/15

“Have you told them about Black Lake Fever?” asked Todd, a neighbor and friend of Terry and Sue’s.  It was the afternoon after we arrived, and we were sitting around a table on the deck.

“Black Lake Fever? What’s that?” I asked, a bit concerned.

“Oh, it’s a little bug that goes around up here in the summer time,” answered Todd.  “Nothing serious, but most everyone gets it.”

Two days later we had all gathered back around the deck table.  I should explain at this point that nearly every afternoon around 5 o’clock Terry rings a bell hanging just outside their back door.  That’s the signal for everyone within the sound of the bell – if they’re so inclined – to assemble on the Conlon porch for Happy Hour.  A gathering could be as few as two or (so far) as many as 10.

“Geez,” I said shortly after sitting down.  “I don’t know what’s wrong with us.  I fell asleep three times this afternoon while reading a really good book.  And Ted was snoring on the sofa this morning at 10:30!”

“BLACK LAKE FEVER!” they all shouted at once.  “You’ve got it!”

The symptoms of this malady can appear suddenly – or they can creep up on you . . .

The symptoms began to come upon me on our second night here. I walked out to the dock just after sunset and just sat for a few minutes and took in the setting . . . the reflection of a pink cloud in mirror-still water

Mine began on our second night here. I walked out to the dock just after sunset, sat for a few moments and took in the setting – the reflection of a pink cloud in mirror-still water . . .

Walking back from the dock, I looked up the shoreline

. . . and boats lining the shoreline both north and south (many of these cabins – like Terry and Sue’s – have been in the same family for generations).

Throw in a hammock tied between two pine trees at the edge of the water . . .

Throw in a hammock tied between two pine trees at the edge of the water . . .

. . . and you're a perfect candidate to develop Black Lake Fever.  Seriously, if I got any more relaxed I might never stand again.

. . . and you’re a perfect candidate to develop Black Lake Fever. Seriously, if I got any more relaxed I might never stand again.

They tell us the only cure is to leave the lake.  If that’s the case, I think I’ll just continue to suffer through it for a while longer.

BEAR TESTS THE WATERS

Hey!  Bear here.  After a 1400-mile car ride (and you KNOW how much I love those car rides), I didn’t care if I succumbed to Black Lake Fever or anything else I could catch to put me out of my misery.  Good grief!  That ride used to be a lot easier when I was younger.

Anyway, we finally made it, and Maddie and I were told this cute little cabin was Home Sweet Home for three weeks.  We really, really like it!

The BEST part though is Ms. Sue and Mr. Terry have two dogs JUST LIKE ME!

This is the beautiful, sweet and calm Brinkley, who is eleven years old.  People say she looks sad, but all us Goldens know how to give

This is the beautiful, sweet, and calm Brinkley, who is nine years old.  I have a serious crush on her, even though she is an “older woman”.

And this is the gorgeous, charming, and always in high gear Ruby.  Ruby is two years old.  I have a serious crush on her, even though Mom says I would be robbing the cradle with Ruby (whatever that means).

And this is the gorgeous, charming, and always in high gear Ruby. Ruby is two years old. I have a serious crush on her also, even though Mom says I would be robbing the cradle with Ruby (whatever that means).

I was really having a hard time connecting with these two beauties because they are – and always have been – WATER DOGS!  As for myself – although I’ve lived around water all my life- I’ve just never been one to want to go INTO the water.  I mean, if I get wet I have to endure that hair dryer for two hours so I won’t get hot spots.  Nope – I’d rather stay on dry land.

But . . . .  I could see I was getting some serious “you have got to be kidding me” looks from the girls . . . so I thought I’d give it a try . . .

“Come on, big guy! There’s a tennis ball in here with your name on it!”

“Oh geez! Oh geez! I love tennis balls. I love girl dogs. I just don’t love water! How’d I miss that retriever gene?”

“Ok.  See! I’m in the water!”

“Look at me, girls!”

“I got it! I got it! And I only got my legs wet!”

“Come on up on the sand, girls!”

“Sorry, Bear. Call us when you’re ready to go swimming.”

“Hmmmmm – maybe if I show them how deep I can BURY a ball, they’ll be interested.”

“And maybe not. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. I’m going to grab a bag of my favorite treats and plan a picnic. I bet there’s more than one way to win over these two ladies!”

RANDOM PHOTOS

Every morning Terry sweeps the beach to get rid of weeds the waves have brought in.

Every morning Terry sweeps the beach to get rid of weeds the waves have brought in.

How could you be anything but happy sitting on this porch?

How could you be anything but happy sitting on this porch?

Ruby - showing Bear how to shake yourself dry.

Ruby – showing Bear how to shake yourself dry.

Jill came over to spend Thursday at the lake, and Ruby voted her

Jill came over to spend Thursday at the lake, and Ruby voted her “best ball thrower”!

Jill and Sue on the Waverunner.

Jill and Sue on the SeaDoo.

Black Lake Fever.  Bear's got it too!

Black Lake Fever. Bear’s got it too!

Even though we’ve been lazy, we’ve also been doing a lot of fun things.  Yesterday Sue and I had a girls day and went to lunch in Harbor Springs.  After that we rode over to Petoskey for their annual sidewalk sale.

We’ve had a laundry day in Cheboygan, made a few grocery runs, eaten out several times, and met lots of the Conlons’ nice neighbors.  Ted and Terry have been kayaking almost every day and were planning to kayak the Black River today – until all-day storms moved in this morning.  Talk about a LAZY Sunday!

Ted and I will be on Mackinac Island Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and then back to Black Lake until August 17th.  See you back here in a few days!

God bless.

20 thoughts on “Black Lake Fever / Bear Tests the Waters 8/2/15

  1. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time, and I loved Bear’s story! You’ve even captured the ability to time-travel and your post says it is only June 2. Now you have months to enjoy this new fever…! 😉

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  2. Love hearing Bear’s story. Such a southern gentleman!
    If you get to Petoskey, Jesperson’s (a little cafeteria/diner place close to the park) has the best pie! Nice sandwiches, old-timey feel, but ask what kind of pie they have and order it first – it may be gone by the time you’re done with your lunch. Honest! Also, they have that pretty Polish pottery at the Ace Hardware Store (an adventure in itself!).

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  3. Brenda,

    Your comments about Black Lake Fever took me back to 1953 when my family moved to Cheboygan. It wasn’t called Black Fever for obvious reasons, but I remember being so tired and sleeping so well. Something else you may want to watch out for is that it causes you to be so hungry and want to eat more.

    Thank you, Bear, for your contribution to the blog. I suggest that you be very careful. Girls can get you to do things you’ll be very sorry for later.

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    • I’ve noticed that other symptom as well, Lowell. I’ve been hungrier and have eaten more here than I have in months! What’s with that?! Oh well, when we get to the island, we’ll walk it all off.

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  4. Oh Bear…I love your posts. You’re so handsome..those girl doggies are going to be fighin’ over you! Enjoy your vacation! Looks lovely! 🙂

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  5. Oh such a hilarious post by Bear. He is such a fantastic digger! Adorable!

    The Black Fever sounds like a wonderful “virus” to catch! Cool breezes and naps sounds

    Tony was asking me if Bear has had any hot spots this summer. Hope he has been healthy.

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  6. Thanks for adding a smile to my face this Monday! Looks like a wonderful place to vacation and who cares if comes with the fever.

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  7. Looks like an amazing trip thus far.

    Hey Bear, don’t worry ’bout them girls my man! Just do YOUR thing big dog. Enjoy that KBR (kick back & relax) Bear and just have a beer buddy. The girls will come to you. LOL!

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  8. Bree: I saw your blog about Lake Blackshear, and I thought it was wonderful! I also love your pictures of the area! I really like your picture taken from Booger Bottom at Spring Creek. That also happens to be where my dad lives: Spring Creek Circle. He is also the owner of Fatboys, which you are of course familiar with since you know the area. I am helping him put together his Facebook page, and I was wondering if I could use your picture of the water from The Bottom from your May 2011 entry. Thank you for your time and congratulations on your continued success with the blog and what seems to be an enjoyable and adventurous life! I would love to use your picture and could credit your blog however you’d like if you allow me to do so… Thank you!!

    Melissa

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