Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Year-end at the lake


Since mankind (I refuse to say humankind) has always sliced the inexorable passage of time into four-season packages, and since package #2011 is drawing to a merciful end, and since I now find myself at our Lake of the Ozarks hideaway with time to ponder, please humor me by reading a few public ponderings.

Sandpiper Cove

When winter closes in on the lake, quiet descends and snatches of the real nature of this beautiful part of God’s creation can be seen, or at least imagined. I took the photo above on my daily walk. I am on Duckhead Drive, a macadam road wandering northerly along a ridge line toward Duckhead point, one of the myriad Ozark points dividing the shoreline into coves of various sizes and shapes. This is looking to the northwest over little Sandpiper Cove toward the main lake channel. Our hideaway is a nook in the large white building hiding behind the trees in the distance. It is not rustic living, which is still possible on the lake, but perhaps it is more appropriate for octogenarians.

I have a strong sense that our 32 year experience of the Lake of the Ozarks is nearing its end. This experience really started the year of my birth, the year Bagnell Dam was completed and the lake began to fill. I have dim recollections as a young boy staying overnight at a motel on the old Bagnell strip, more memories of bass-boating on the lower lake, of many hundreds of fish caught, of many spring and fall time-share trips, and for the last 12 years all season enjoyment. Life is good.


I am told that the many Oaks that surround the Lake of the Ozarks are nearing the end of their lives. I suspect that a hundred years from now the scene will look quite different as the Oaks are gradually replaced by who-knows-what (at least I don’t know), but for the foreseeable future we can still enjoy the sight of the naked trees this time of year and look forward to next spring as the leaves return, giving the lake its summer look.

Dave, part time lake dweller


6 Responses to “Year-end at the lake”
  1. Tom says:

    What do you mean “…nearing it’s end?” Don’t like the sounds of that. I haven’t caught that elusive trophy yet that you promised to guide me to. The pictures are great. Have always loved the tracery that leafless trees provide. Something magical about that process. Happy New Year.

  2. Linda says:

    That’s a long walk! Glad you’re enjoying the warm weather, it’s supposed to be 50 here in Iowa tomorrow, kinda strange. The oaks at Okoboji are at the end of their lifespan too, sad!

  3. Larry Ayers says:

    Oh, Tom, that old codger Dave probably has another decade left for him to enjoy! I enjoyed the photos, Dad, and I’m amazed that you and Mom have been going down there for 32 years! How time passes, inexorably… I have some good memories of Betsy and I visiting you two there with a couple of young kids.

  4. Leslie says:

    Nice post amd photos, Dad. thanks for taking us on your winter walk. Katie and I toured the Bagnell Dam museum at that Lodge by the entrance. I remember now they created it the year you were born!

  5. Laura Layton says:

    I love your cove during all seasons, thanks for sharing the photos. Tom has to agree that CA has wimpy seasonal changes, I plan on visiting the Midwest during different times of year , can’t pick a favorite! I hope you have many more Ozark trips.

  6. Dave says:

    I hope I didn’t leave the impression that I will kick the bucket anytime soon, not that I have much say in the timing. But the fact remains that many of the things we did over our years at the lake are no longer possible. That’s OK.

    And Tom, don’t worry, we’ll get out for you to catch that lunker bass soon, perhaps this year.

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