A Day at the Lake: Memorial Day 2016


My daughter, her boyfriend, and me decided to spend today at Lake Powhatan, a nearby small lake where there are “rooms” (clearings) along the forested paths, each one containing a picnic table and a grill.

This year I made sure not to forget the tinfoil (last year we didn’t have any and most of the hamburger fell through the grill vents into the fire–we fished them out and ate them anyway) but we forgot the lemonade I made last night! So at the last minute we stopped in a convenience store and picked up a bottle of Sprite. Guess I’ll be having lemonade with my dinners this week.

We found a good “room” with a view of the lake that was shaded all around by trees, but the mosquitoes were having a field day and I have the red welts to prove it.

That’s the actual name of the lakefront we went to.

We had the usual Memorial day fare: burgers, baked beans and potato salad. Everything tasted wonderful. There’s nothing quite like meat cooked outside on a grill, and it wasn’t scorched this time from falling into the flames.

Come and get it!


It was really too cold to swim, although some people were (especially the kids) but we weren’t that courageous. My daughter and her boyfriend stayed safely on the sand. Me? I can technically tell people I “went in,” since I waded in up to my knees, and then waded back. The water hasn’t really warmed up yet. But it felt good just standing there in the shallows feeling the gentle breeze.

As we were walking back to where we parked (a good 3/4 of a mile walk because the parking area was full), we saw these two black snakes in an…intimate moment. Nature always has so many surprises, but I still felt a little guilty taking pictures of them.  (You can click on the photos to get a closer view).