Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | July 19, 2012

An Enchanting Day at the Lake

There we were….guys perched along the edge of the dock like so many seagulls….

Keith, Patrick and Mack

…girls lounging on the decks of our boats….sharing cocktail hour and sunset after a relaxing day in our lives at the lake.

Ellen, on her and Patrick’s sailboat, the “Escapade”.

First Mate, Barbara, on the “Sunset Ride”

We felt like young children on summer vacation…tired and hungry from fishing and playing in the water all day….elderly Tom Sawyers and Huckleberry Finns, with not a care in the world.

Life at the lake is like that.

You wake up in the morning, pull your bathing suit on, grab the cooler, and – in our case – drive about seven minutes to the marina…park and walk to your boat, which is waiting like a faithful puppy to go out and play.

For the first time in many weeks, Keith and I decided to make yesterday a “lake day”.

We arrived around 11 a.m., after running a couple of necessary errands. and were on the water in no time flat, cruising around Elephant Butte Reservoir, the largest lake in New Mexico.

This time of year, the water level is low, as the water actually “belongs” to Texas, and it’s released for irrigation purposes, to flow via the Rio Grande to southern points unknown.

That said, there is still plenty of water in the lake to have a grand time, and to see some of the most beautiful scenery in New Mexico, from a unique perspective………

After our little scenic tour, we headed for a cove named “The Jungles”, dropped anchor, donned life vests, and hopped into the water for a refreshing swim.

We paddled about, relaxed and simply bobbed up and down, and actually did a little “work” – scrubbing the “lake goo” off the submerged parts of the boat.

Once the boat was sparkling clean and we were nice and cool, we pulled the anchor and went back to deeper water to try out some of the new fishing lures we’d purchased.

I drove the boat while Keith threw out a line, and he had several nice strikes, and even caught one small white bass, which he released.

So, when we decided to head back to the marina for cocktail hour, there were no fish in the ice chest. But, Patrick fed us all a lovely supper of oxtail, rice and vegetables, with some tasty brown gravy, accompanied by a lovely sunset show of lights and shadows playing on the mountains across from the marina.

Day’s End at the Lake



  1. Don’t you just LOVE life on the water? We are hoping that we can spend some time on your boat when we see you in a few weeks. šŸ™‚

    • So looking forward to your visit…boat time is definitely on the agenda!

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