Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on June 03, 2010 by Stephen

Finally, we were on the water! It was time to get together with family and friends over the long weekend.

We packed up the truck on Friday morning and headed over to Lake McClure. I had replace the battery a week earlier, I had it at home for a trickle charge. Our new radial tires were a little flat and I aired them up at the storage place. We were the first to arrive at the lake. Thinking ahead, we did the smart thing and bought the year long pass to McClure this year. Next time we come to the check-in station, we can blow right past it! Launching was easy, only two other boaters were near the launch ramp. The boat started-up nicely and Michelle took her out while I parked the car on the top lot.
We boarded the houseboat and got started cleaning right away. Steve, Sylvia, Austin and Sara were right behind us. With six people it still took a long time to clean the boat. We knocked a Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) nest into the water from the porch and spent a long time using the power washer and brooms to scrub the dirt off of the top deck. Later that evening, I picked up Phil, Sandy, Nikki and Carolyn. Phil, Steve and I set off to find a cove to park the houseboat in, since the wind was blowing hard and it was chilly on the ball. We wound up back in "catfish cove" on the south-east side of the lake and pulled into a west facing cove.

The water was cold. The streams and rivers coming out of Yosemite were considered dangerous with a potential for hypothermia. The lake temperature was 65F. You could jump in, but only stay a minute or two.

On Saturday, our boat wouldn't start. Apparently the battery that I had trickle charged was bad. I got a jump from Phil's boat and Steve and I headed to Barret Cove to buy a battery. The battery didn't cost as much as I was expecting (only $131 after tax for a group size 24 flooded). I was able to start the boat on the old battery and drive back to the houseboat, but in the morning the battery was dead again. I swapped out the old battery for the new and the boat fired-up easily.

The kids caught a few blue gill while fishing from the houseboat. These were cleaned and cooked. Everyone had a little taste of the lake that night.
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