Bidding farewell to summer neighbours

We said good-byes to our neighbours at the lake on Saturday evening.
Philip and Carole will be leaving tomorrow and heading home to Oregon for the winter, but only after a trip around Lake Superior.
Neither has seen the beauty of the North Shore and were looking forward to camping their way across the big lake before heading west and home.
Larry Grief was back at his cottage Thursday evening after watching the container ship, “the MV Maunawili” that he supervised building in Philadelphia, arrive safely into Honolulu on Monday of this week on its maiden voyage.
The ship took more than three years to build and will carry 2,600 containers on a regular run between Hawaii and Long Beach, Calif. Larry is looking to enjoy his cabin for the next month after having been away for three years building container ships for the Matson Line.
Marnie’s two brothers had arrived for three days of fishing and stayed with us at the lake. Each evening, we sat out on the deck and enjoyed the small wood fireplace that Gene Ray had spent an afternoon assembling back in July.
We would watch the sun dip below the horizon and then take in the colours of each evening’s sunset.
All three evenings the nights stayed warm and the conversation was wonderful. But we had the added benefit of the northern lights playing across the sky each evening. The lights would spike high across the sky, pulling the pale emerald colours high into the sky.
Each evening, the sky filled with stars and the diamonds grew brighter as the intensity of the northern lights diminished.
On Friday morning, we awoke to a huge rainbow arching over Nowhere Island and probably touching earth on the mainland shore. My brothers-in-law found the quiet of the island a real joy.
I was surprised that almost all of the cottages were blacked out this past weekend. I look forward in the spring to seeing those lights glowing again in the evening.
Many of the residents who have summer homes have been arriving for decades. The cottages are family heirlooms and the great-grandchildren of the original owners are now making their way to Rainy Lake each summer.
Many of our southern neighbours already have packed their cabins for the winter and now are back in their homes across the United States.

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