Posted on January 28, 2010 by glenlake
The first view I had of Glen Lake was driving into Dunn’s Farm 64 years ago. The cottage we rented was clean and simply furnished with indoor plumbing, but no hot water. We bathed in the lake every morning before breakfast. We had a small wood stove which we fired up on cold days. Sheets and towels were furnished as well as 3 meals a day. For all this we paid $29 per person, per week! A dinner bell was rung at meal time which could be heard around the lake. It meant we had 10 minutes to get to the dining room and, you can be sure we were never late. The meals were wonderful and prepared by Sara Johnson. I still remember baked lake trout on Fridays, hot crispy donuts Saturday mornings, and hand cranked ice cream on Sundays.
We liked to fish. We rented a rowboat and motor at Dec Seeburgers, later called Crystal Harbor Marina, and spent a lot of time fishing. Water skis and jet skis had not yet appeared on Glen Lake. There were no Shore Stations. People who owned boats built boat houses.
We often walked to Burdickville when walking was a means of getting some place, not for exercise or to lose weight. We visited with and bought cards and gifts at El and Lucille Faulman’s gift shop and in later days, ice cream sundays.
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Posted on January 17, 2010 by glenlake
For many of us living around the lake, the hectic pace of summer has been replaced by the slower rhythms of winter. Your GLA board met this month to finalize the budget for this year’s programs and we now get a ‘rest’ from board meetings until April. Meanwhile, many board members and GLA volunteers remain hard at work monitoring the lake level despite, at times, the worst of winter conditions. Others work to bring news to you via our Newsletter and website, securing grants for our programs & attending meetings about important topics affecting the health of our watershed.
Snow has been abundant this winter, bringing plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Little Glen lake has frozen over and ice shanties abound. Big Glen Lake has areas around the shoreline where the ice shelf has begun to grow. Here on Tamarack Cove, the ice has made it possible for the Coyote to roam more freely and I got a good look at a very healthy one near our shore in pursuit of the local deer herd. That same day I was blessed with the sighting of a bobcat as it darted in front of my car turning off from M22 onto Dunn’s Farm Road. My friend and I stopped the car for a better look to see it scampering along the banks of the Crystal River. How exciting it was to share this sighting with a friend, a first for both of us. Yesterday, a walk along the banks of Big Fisher Channel into Big Glen netted the sighting of an Eagle soaring above & landing on the ice before flying off to join another across the lake into the tree tops.
The last 2 days here has brought a mini-thaw where patches of sand are laid bare and make for easier walking along the shore than the icy road too difficult to walk. The warmer temps in the mid-30′s are a welcome break from the next heaping of snow that is sure to come.
Yes, life is still good here!
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