Monday, August 13: We rent a motorboat for the next three days, along with a tube for today, so the boys can get pulled behind the boat. They get thrilled by these kinds of adventures; I go along for the ride to take pictures and to simply enjoy looking at the lakeside homes and the sweep & dapple of clouds in the sky.
The clouds at Deep Creek are so billowy and puffy that the sun in turn hides behind them, punctuating our sunny day with moments of darkness and cold, and then pokes out to provide moments of pure brilliance and warmth. The boys keep asking me when I’m going to tube, but frankly, it’s just too chilly for me to make that leap into the water. I’m perfectly happy just to bounce along in the boat, jerking and pounding over wakes from other boats, and then cruising at what feels like a high-speed but is actually only about 20 mph.