We had a gorgeous day for this outing – clear sky, warm air and warm water. My brother had agreed to take some teens tubing on our favorite lake. Round Lake is a large, deep, spring fed, recreational lake about eight miles west of Hayward. Our family farm was only a quarter mile from Round Lake and our childhood memories are pretty much dominated by the times we spent there, swimming, skiing, fishing and boating. It is known for it’s clear, unpolluted water. I don’t know it’s present status but when I was younger, it was known to be clean enough to drink.
We met the kids at the boat landing and put the tubes in the water. I don’t want to say that my age is responsible, but within ten minutes of being there I had gotten my leg tangled in the tow rope and fallen down in the shallow water, clothes and all. But, hey, I was there to get wet, right?
The tubing was fun to watch and the kids had a great time being viciously competitive. After they learn how to hang on, the only real excitement is in knocking someone else off or flipping their tube over. At the mid-point of the afternoon we parked the boat out in the middle and spent some time diving off the bow and swimming. It was as refreshing as any of my memories, and that is unusual since memories often take on a life of their own.