Early spring is welcomed

It is lake time again.
Commissioner’s Bay has already lost its ice. Creeks are brimming with fast flowing water. I have booked my boat to be ready for pickup this weekend and hope that I will be able to travel to the cabin for the first trip of the year.
On Easter Sunday, I was reminded by Facebook of a picture taken at the cabin in 2015 with ice still on the beach, deep blue water and bright sunshine. It may have been the earliest trip ever.
I travelled to Kenora and back over the weekend and noticed that both Caliper Lake and Little Pine Lake were bereft of ice. Yet much of Lake of the Woods around Kenora still was iced in.
Talking to Red Lake residents, they are hoping for a quick ice-out that would coincide with the Victoria Day long weekend.
After closing the cabin up in October, and letting the wind, snow and rain rattle for over six months, we often wonder what will have changed in our six-month absence. Will we discover some new trees down over paths? Will our dock still be in place? Will the wood-fired hot tub fill easily?
This year we will add: “Will we be able to pull up to the dock or will we beach the boat and scamper over the bow to soft muddy sand?” It has happened in the past.
After hauling groceries and camp supplies to the cabin, a fire will be lit in the wood stove and water will be drawn from the lake to begin putting moisture back into the air in the cabin so that it heats better.
Cabin opening takes more than a day. The easy part is flipping switches to turn on the power, drawing open the blinds and drapes, moving back the covers on the bed so that the beds also begin warming.
The really tough job will be getting the water system going again. Some days it is a quick process. Other days it takes much longer priming the pump and then discovering that holes have made their way into the pipe from the lake and repairs must be made.
Early spring is welcomed. The bugs have not arrived and a fire in the chimera in the evening is welcomed. The crackle of the pine logs is welcomed along with the wood smoke smell.
We can watch the sun as it begins its northern journey to Benet’s Island, turning the sky into a myriad of colours mirrored in the reflective glow from the water.
Hopefully, it will all begin this weekend.

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