Deboullie has fallen. There are some days that kick you in the gut. I remember feeling like this when lightning struck the lodge twelve years ago. I felt it again today when I drove up to the culvert over Red River and the tower in the distance looked... wrong. It's that feeling when part of the backdrop of your entire life, something that was always there and would always be there, suddenly no longer is. This one taken away by last week's wind storm. I fully admit that I cried big, wet, ugly tears when I got up here. I did look through to see if I could find any names I knew on the wall boards, but I think most of the debris is frozen in until spring at this point, especially if we end up getting the 12 in tomorrow's forecast. Luckily, the wind was strong enough that most of the wreckage blew right past the cabin below. Also somewhat luckily, I know BPL was already planning to replace the cab in the next few years; hopefully we can convince them to move that timetable up and rebuild it for the tower's 100th anniversary next year. Who's with me?
And with that, our 2019 season is in the books. I can't thank you all enough for your support and patronage this season- you guys (and gals) truly do make Red River what it is. A few fun stats: we welcomed back just about 220 friends and made 300 new ones over the last five months. In the dining room, we cranked through 230 dozen eggs, 250 pounds of flour, 6 gallons of Maine maple syrup, and 25 pounds of coffee. I lost count of pretty much everything else. Feel free to keep in touch over the winter, and if you happen to sled by, we'd love a status update on how things look in our neck of the woods. Until next summer, stay warm, friends!
Although the reds are arguably the most charismatic of the leaves, I think I love the yellow season best. Maybe because I know that I soon get to relax and go hiking again myself, or maybe because sun shining through the trees surrounds me in a world spun from pure gold. Whatever the reason, the woods are lovely right now, even in today's rain. . . . #autumn in #maine #foliage
It was a lovely morning here today to start the final two weeks of our 2019 season. What are you up to this weekend, friends? . . . #sunrise #goodmorning #lakelife #autumn
We're not quite to peak color yet, but it's close! We love this time of year- how about you? . . . #foliage #autumn #color #goodbyesummer #helloautumn #maine #goodmorning
Something wicked this way comes. #stormsabrewin . . . #clouds #weather #lakelife
Clouds rolling in... #goodnightmoon . . . #lakelife #clouds #reflection #maine #vacation #unplugged
Or how about a sunrise cup of coffee looking over island Pond? #lakelife #vacation #relax #unplugged #woods #forest
Who would you share a porch swing on your very own island with? . . . #camplife #lakelife #cabinlife #maine #camping #vacation #unplugged
Who wants to guess where we cooked out, swam, fished, and caught frogs last night? #lakelife #maine #aroostook #deboullie #camping
Until I remember to bring my real cameras in to camp this summer, landscapes it is! Hope you're all having a great July, friends. #maine #aroostook #lakelife #serenity
It's a lovely night for a paddle, don't you think? #maine #lakelife #serene