Lake, stream, and mice.

DAY 5: This will be our last full day at the lake. Mark and Jennie have already left their nearby camp, which leaves the six of us to plan for. I take a long walk in the morning and meet Tom, a man who spends the whole summer up here. “Mine is the black cabin,” he says. He is in his mid-80’s, and knew my father. He takes his canoe out every morning, all by himself, because his wife died only a few months ago. I think when I come next summer I’ll go look for him at his black cabin with a picture of quail on the sign.

I also check out the little library in a cabinet, but don’t find anything up my alley. Certainly I don’t need more books up here anyway – I’ve made small progress in the ones I brought.

wild gooseberry

I admire buttercups, and eat a couple of gooseberries as I head down to look at the lake, then hike steeply about 200 yards back to our cabin. There is time to read from The Complete Brambly Hedge to the children before lunch, one of the dozen books I brought from my shelves to share with them. We are already familiar with Jill Barklem’s charming stories and the detailed drawings which we study carefully to extract more knowledge about the families of darling anthropomorphized mice.

Then we all head to the lake, even Jamie. His father keeps him lakeside while Pippin, Scout, Ivy and I head out in the canoe for the special spot they found yesterday, an inlet on the other side of the lake where the water cascades over slabs and boulders and sand of granite in a myriad of gorgeous colors. We all enjoy walking up big rock steps through the stream, or along the same slopes that Scout gleefully slides down on his bottom into little pools, where the water is surprisingly temperate.

Me with Scout and Ivy

On return, the Pippin clan all five go in the canoe for a brief outing, while I try out the kayak for my first time. It’s quite fun!

My first voyage

Scout tries paddling the canoe with his mother – then we stow all the paddles and life preservers and kayak seat into the van and return to the cabin so that Scout and his parents can fit in one more Sierra Nevada experience: climbing a dome, just the “little” one behind the cabin. I stay with the younger children and trim green beans from my garden to steam for dinner.

Just before I climb into bed, a mouse runs through my bedroom!

lupine seed pods

 

The next day’s entry is HERE.

6 thoughts on “Lake, stream, and mice.

  1. I love your “active voice” posts about the cabin. It’s so gloriously beautiful and it makes me so happy that you are kayaking. It’s almost as if I am kayaking, too! Oh, Brambly Hedge. Her mice are so real and their homes are my perfect idea of cozy. Seriously, I aim to decorate like the BH mice.
    Bless the man in the black cabin. May he be comforted.

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  2. What a lovely place with the water and rock shelves. It looks very peaceful.

    I’m a fan of the Brambly Hedge books too. Since the grands have all grown out of them I read them to myself!

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  3. What a fun time with your family! The children will remember and treasure times like these. I do hope you visit the elderly gent next year. He would have so many tales to tell! Also, I’m repeatedly intrigued and pleased with your own plants there in the West, and how different they are from the ones we have here. Lupine! I’ve heard of it, but never seen it.

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