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Lake levels recede, focus back on the wildlife

Today and yesterday were lovely on the floating dock. I hired two brave souls to take the remains of my three-section pipe dock out of the lake. We have dissembled it so that we can paint it and make new decks. Fortunately, I invested in stainless steel nuts and bolts the last time it was out of the water. They came apart with little difficulty and the common steel ones were easy to twist off, as they have lost enough girth to be quite weak. Hopefully we can install rebuilt dock when the water gets down near normal. The pipes are too short to put them back with the water much higher than its normal levels. Sue takes a real interest in the water levels and she reports that the water is down six to eight inches from its high. She gauges the lake level by where the water is relative to the wheel on the boat hoist.

One of the best things about yesterday was that the water was very clear and a large handsome trout decided to hang out under the floating dock. He came and went several times and it appeared that he enjoyed the sun and easy water for a change.

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