We survived Labor Day weekend at Timothy Lake and thankfully it was a bit anticlimactic. We were all just fine with that, because we have certainly had our share of tough weekends and were all a little relieved when the cool temperatures and fire bans contributed to keep things relatively quiet. Right after the weekend my girls got together (for the first time since my youngest graduated from high school in 2014) with my Mom in Myrtle Beach. Originally when I found out they were gathering I looked into flights to meet them all out there, but with the holiday weekend and everything else that has been going on I decided to give it a pass. Mom took a picture for me in the airport and I thought I would share it here. My girls all have really different personalities, but also a sameness that defines them as “Perkins Girls”.
The nicest thing about that get together was when my Mom sent me a text and said they were all perfect houseguests and I did a good job with them. Nothing is much better than your Mom telling you that you raised your kids right, and that text had me smiling for hours!
We didn’t have too much time to be sad though, because we had a couple of visitors. Rick, who writes the blog On The Road with Maxine and Me, came from his volunteer job at Heceta Head Lighthouse to spend the night with us. He, like our friend Brian, brought a tent, and we had a lovely time getting caught up and eating a big steak dinner.
As fun as it was when he was here unfortunately the visit was frequently interrupted by a power issue at the park. When you live and work in a place it’s hard to be completely “unplugged”, especially when someone cuts a power line close by and you lose power. We’ve known from the beginning of the season that we were going to be losing power in early September due to the dam project that is going on close by, but there were some unexpected issues on Weds and Thursday which resulting in losing our power a day early (and with two hours notice) and we were scrambling to figure some things out. Rick left pretty early to go see his daughter in Olympia on Thursday morning and I spent the rest of the day making sure everyone had what they needed and dealing with the items in the freezer that we suddenly had to find room for.
The big problem was we were supposed to have a large generator to run the office compound during the outage, but a delay in permitting made that a no-go and we worked with the head of maintenance to throw together a schedule. Ultimately of course we worked everything out, but I was exhausted by the end of the day and my week was just starting and I was just praying that it was a slow weekend.
Turns out the cooler temps really kept people away, although Saturday was nice and sunny. Which was a good thing because our friends Georgia and Jim made the drive up from Eugene, Oregon and had dinner with us. Three and a half hours is a long way to drive to have dinner with friends, but when you’ve known people for almost 15 years it’s worth it. Once again we had some steaks (had to get that freezer meat eaten) and Georgia told us in all the time she had known us she had never had one of our famous ribeye dinners. That surprised the heck out of us, and we were happy to show them what all the fuss is about.
It was lovely seeing them, and equally great that for the first Saturday in forever the lake-wide radio was quiet. We had a relaxing meal, and a wonderful chat until 9pm when they needed to head back. Things are finally winding down here, and I couldn’t be happier. We are all pretty tired and need a bit of a break before we gear up for the final closing push. There is a fall chill in the air, which we are both enjoying, and we actually saw a little bit of rain this morning for the first time since the end of April.
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