From the lodge, we crossed the old causeway, known in our youth as the Old Dam Trail. Most of the small trees and shrubs that gave it that wonderful spooky feel when we were young have been removed, but wildflowers are beginning to take their place. The north side of the lake has nice homes just beyond the strip of state park land where the path runs. We came around the east end to the spillway, skirting the flock of geese who had taken possession of the grassy area there and back to the campground. A very pleasant hike.
We also visited the livestock barn and I was delighted to find a Flemish Giant in the rabbit exhibits, such as the one mentioned in The Lady of the Lake. We also cruised the cultural exhibits, signed up for free prizes, and caught the tail end of the wild animal show. Get it? Tail end? Yuk, yuk.
And today? It's raining, and according to the radar, there's a lot more out there. It remains to be seen whether tonight my classmates will be gathered around a fire down by the lake, cooking s'mores, reminiscing summer nights in the past, and waiting for "The Lady" to make an appearance or stuck in a hotel conference room.