Vol XXI – #4 -A Tale of a Table

Report #6975 Photo: LR-4-10-21
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The South Beach Picnic Table, 2016. Photo by Rebecca Reynolds

Leland, MI
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 JB96405Jim Carpenter posted the lead photo back in 2016 of the picnic table that used to be on the shore on South Beach. I came across the same table in November 2019 and found its legs were frozen into the beach. The plan was to come back when the sand was not frozen solid and dig it out. I passed by it again on my birthday in February 2020 (above) before the waters started to march back up, still frozen into the hill. Alas, when we found it again in May 2020, it was unrecoverable (below). Well, at least without a backhoe.

In the end, regardless of our good intentions, the beach claimed what it wanted to claim. So, I say goodbye to the resilient picnic table that we so loved to sit at in the Winter and mock all the things we would do with it in the Summer. And, at least, I got to watch one more Spring sunset standing on the top of you. If the lake decides to cough it back up this Spring, please see if you can get it to safety on the hill.  JB98836 

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Jeff in Paw Paw
Jeff in Paw Paw
3 years ago

Interesting story. I say the beach gets it. The last photo of the relic is great.

3 years ago

Wow…that’s amazing..Save the picnic table😀

Dick, in Rankin
Dick, in Rankin
3 years ago

Nice. That shows how Mother recycles some things.