We got this wonderful note from Bob Kays regarding a local family on Racoon Island. It’s moments like this that represent all thats good in our universe, and how we are all part of a big circle of life!
Maddie’s first boat ride.
In 1956 my Grandfather bought a house( Blue House ) on Raccoon Island in Lake Hopatcong. In 1960 he bought ( Brown House) the house behind it, both waterfront. I spent the first two summers of my life in the Blue House.
Last spring we decided to sell the Blue House as we did not need the space any longer. We were fortunate to sell it to a nice young couple, James and Ashley that grew up on a mid west lake. They fit right in to Island life.
This spring James and Ashley introduced us to the newest islander, their daughter, Madeline Rose. So now Madeline is spending her first summer in the same place as me. We were fortunate to babysit and play with this little sweetie.
On October 20th it was the one year anniversary of the passing of Ashley’s mom after a long illness.
Ashley asked if we could honor her Mom with Maddie’s first boat ride in the Chris Craft. Maddie would be wearing an outfit her Grandma bought her. It has a Raccoon theme.
October 20th brought us a rainy day. I normally don’t take Relax out in the rain, but anything for Maddie! So we bundled up and out we went. Now a new Woody Boater
A special note to our readers. AKA Peanut Gallery. Trolls, and Fake Me. Maddie did wear a life jacket for the boat ride. For the photos though, it was decided to take it off for a minute. No Honey Booboo stuff here.