Tuesday, July 29, 2008

2008 Lake Almanor Day 4

Up fairly early, I ran 4.1 miles north along the lake. The Dorado Inn has internet connectivity and I spent an hour finishing up a work project that I had not gotten done last week.

With Tomasin's boat still in the shop, Tomasin and I went out on the Snipes boat with Drew, Jack and Mikey. Drew, Mikey and Tomasin all wakeboarded. One of my goals for his year was to get up on the wakeboard; I have traditionally slalom skied. I successfully got up on the wakeboard for the first time. I made four or five short runs trying to figure out how to control the board with mixed success.

After we got back, Jack, Drew and Morgan all spent some time on the waverunners.

The work on Tomasin's boat was done and he ran down to pick it up. In addition to having to replace the main belt, the shop replaced the C-pump. It had froze and destroyed the belt. I helped Tomasin get this boat back into the water. No week at Lake Almanor would be complete without boat problems.

A group of the kids including Mikey and Jack spent part of the afternoon playing Uno on the picnic tables. Jack and I played one game of cribbage and he beat me badly.

Bachman and Gail showed up. They rode their motorcycles up from the bay area. I do not think that I have seen Gail since Connor's Wedding in 2004.

Running low on supplies, Jack and I made a run to the grocery store in Chester in the late afternoon.

Hunter and Debbie made a late dinner of ham, corn on the cob and salad. There is a large fire in the Feather River Canyon north of Belden. The views of the smoke at sunset and the fire reflecting on the smoke after dark were more than a little disconcerting.

Traditionally, a group of us has gone to Plumas Pines across the lake after dinner one night during the week to play 21 aces. As the older kids have turned 21, the size of the group has grown in recent years. The group totalled 20 people this year! It was a late night. By the time we got everyone back via boats and cars, it was almost 1:00 a.m.

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