Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sign up!

The summer activities on the lake are getting lined up.

Have a fishing excursion with a fishing guide coming up in April

Have some of the ex-Atlanta crew coming in for a long weekend in June, with a potential guest appearance by the man known as Ren

My mother promised a trip to the lake this summer

Water levels are almost at full pool (normal) and the temp is now at 70 degrees so all we need to do is get the boat in the water and the season will be underway.

Need to schedule days out with lots of friends and family. Last year we had 23 individuals on the boat over the summer. Goal this year is for 35 (50% increase). Give me a holler and we'll compare calendars.

Tube, skis, wakeboard, wakeskate, hydrofoil. These are the toys...who wants to play?

Summer is here!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Manning Lake, NH

"There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed,
Some forever, not for better,
Some have gone and some remain." - Lennon-McCartney

I have a place I remember, a place with only positive memories, a place that was taken away too early. Some twenty seven years before I was born, my grandfather Arthur G. Tribou, began building a log cabin on a little lake in New Hampshire. By the time I hatched this cabin had evolved and become a family retreat that was cherished by most if not all that visited. The lake's name is Manning Lake. It is a small lake, a little over a mile in length and about half a mile across and sits south of Lake Winnipesaukee in the little town of Gilmanton Iron Works.

In prepping for a visit with my parents this week I purchased a converter that takes slides and negatives and saves them off as digital images. Going through my father's slides (thousands) I found bunches of pictures from the NH cabin. Many pre-dated me. Here is a link to a photo gallery of these pictures: link

The memories are vivid. Rustic cabins all around, rowboats made of wood, stone fireplaces. The neighbors had some kids similar in ages to me and my brothers. I remember games of capture the flag but with army themes and play guns. There were great areas to play, under the sky-scraping pines, that included a tire swing, and a regular wooden seat swing with long ropes and extremely high swinging. One time, while up at the camp with my grandparents I was swinging and jumped off, as was the thing to do, while on the up-swing and landed and fell slightly. Who knew that having a Popsicle stick in your mouth while flying through the air out of control would be a problem. That stick caught the roof of the mouth back by the throat and put a pretty good indent back there. No blood thankfully, but it hurt to swallow for weeks. I never told my grandparents, my grandfather would have said something wise about a lesson learned but my grandmother would have likely disciplined me...harshly. There was nice built in horseshoe pits with Adirondack chairs for those viewing. The fishing was often good. Perch, pickerel, sunfish, catfish and if you were lucky, bass.

With my grandparents aging the family decided to sell the cabin in the late 1970's, much to the chagrin of the grandchildren. The buyers quickly converted the cabin to a year round residence, losing all the charm along the way. The lake became a sort of pilgrimage for at least one brother and myself. I have been back there once, in the 80's. Perhaps someday I'll find myself there again, to see if the lake and surrounding mountains are as magical as I remember.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

History in a closet

This week we took our family to visit my parents. Lately I've become somewhat nostalgic about my youth and a family log cabin we had in New Hampshire that was built by my grandfather back in the 30's. I've long assumed that buried in slides somewhere in my parents house there would be many photos of this cabin. So for this trip I bought a converter that takes slides or negatives and converts them to digital pictures. When I exposed the nighttime project to my parents I was surprised at the level of help with the digging. Luckily the filing and recording of each box (dozens of boxes) made the task easier.

I found lots of family and cabin shots that I will share in another post soon.

In this post I want to show what I found along the way, totally unexpectedly.

History sometimes exposes itself when you aren't looking. While browsing through hundreds, if not thousands, of slides I came across some gems from a couple of visits to Fenway Park in the late 50's and 1960. Many of the shots featured a pretty good player named Ted Williams. As I excitedly scanned slide after slide of Fenway shots my youngest daughter, who had taken to looking over my shoulder and had an interest in the family photos, kept saying things like "another baseball picture?"

Here are a couple of shots I found, more can be found here: link to album

The photographer for all these shots was my father, Art Tribou.