August 25, 2008
The temperature of the water in Rangeley Lake hovered between 69 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit during our stay. Several of the locals commented about how it had “finally warmed up,” and both myself and Bob Herbert agreed that the water seemed a tad warmer than the last time we had been in it. But it was still pretty chilly.
If you ranked the Wilsons in order from 1 to 5 as to who was most interested/willing to get into the water, it would look something like this:
- Alana (a very close second)
Benton waded in a number of times, but his actual swimming time was so limited and brief that it was not captured by any cameras. Julie waded in a few times…and that’s as far as she got.
Alana got in the first time by jumping off the dock (not this picture). She was wearing her floatie suit and holding on to my hands, but I let her go completely under and then bob back up. Her eyes were open really wide and she came up and sputtered, “That’s cold!”
And that was it. She then proceeded to jump in a half-dozen more times, even without holding on to my hands as she jumped. And, she got to the point where I wasn’t holding onto her in the water, either. She’d hold her hands up and proudly proclaim, “No hands!”
Carson also enjoyed jumping off the dock, and we got a couple of half-way decent pictures of that.
And, there was plenty of wading around for the purposes of finding rocks to skip across the water.
The Herbert Kids — Jack and Jordan — put all of the Wilsons to shame. But, that was expected — we’ve always suspected they were a bit cold-blooded. More on our visit with the Herberts in a bit.