“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 . . .
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!
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 . . .
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!