In the Beach Towel
writing this to you on the 18th of May. I feel compelled to
do so because when I awoke this morning it was snowing! I
don't know if it was just snowing at my house, meaning just
this area, but I'm guessing it was snowing just about everywhere
in this county. (We got an inch and a half, Albany got 2"!)
I just looked at the calendar and I'm realizing that in just
nine days it will be Memorial Day. Which to me is pretty much
the unofficial starter of summer! I was even wearing a bathing
suit a couple of days ago.
as I am sitting here writing this, I am looking on with horror
at my summer furniture completely covered with snow. And I
can't even see the front deck as it is covered too. There
are some diehard people walking on the road, but they are
all wearing winter coats! I just can't figure out what is
Im finally getting back to writing this to you on June
11th. What a difference a month makes. Thankfully the snow
didnt stick and we are getting warm weather once again.
As a matter of fact, Im sitting in my bathing suit as
I am writing this to you. I am still the only person on the
beach, which is something I just dont get. I realize
all these beaches are private and I cant believe that
none of my neighbors take advantage of their beaches. On the
far north and south of this stretch of beach, there are community
beaches for those homes that are not directly on the lake,
but their property has deeded beach rights. Even these beaches
are often empty. But more often than not, I will see families
on these beaches.
imagine having the advantage of lake access and not using
it. When Herman and I were living on the north side of the
lake, it was almost impossible for me to get down to the lake.
Even a fully able-bodied person would have a difficult time
navigating the steep path down to the lake access. I actually
had Herman carry me down there once, and that was the last
I ever wanted to try it. He actually had to enlist the help
of a neighbor to get me back up the hill. Not pleasant.
I saw this particular lot for sale, I begged Herman to jump
on it. Now, mind you, this lot was basically over-run with
weeds and trees and looked like it was sunken in the center
with standing water. Im not one to be able to visualize,
but in this instance I could only see great things. If youd
like to see for yourself, check out Tony Ermies website
on Caroga Lake Times. Tony spent many summers here and has
wonderful historic pictures of Shermans Amusement Park.
Tony now lives in California, but I urge you to check out
his website at www.carogatimes.com and especially some pictures
Herman took at http://www.carogatimes.com/oldest/spira_1.htm
which Tony kindly included.
the weather, I am once again throwing in the towel and hoping
for the best.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"