Every two and half years or so we are treated to a blue moon – the second full moon in one month.  With relatively clear skies last Friday night we headed to a nearby lake to enjoy a picnic on the shore and watch for the moonrise.  We were joined by a large group of children trying their luck fishing as well as a number of people out bicycling or walking  –  all enjoying the evening.  As luck would have it, a bank of low clouds was hovering on the east horizon, and the moon was hardly visible as it first slipped over the lake.  But as it continued its rise in the sky it cleared the clouds and shone brightly, reflecting in the water below, and lighting the path for this sailboat as it made its way back to the marina.  A beautiful night and a wonderful way to bring a close to the end of August.

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The 2009 Inter-Lake Regatta was held this weekend on White Bear Lake, with eight participating yacht clubs.  This event dates back to the late 1800’s with a challenge regatta between the White Bear Yacht Club and the Minnetonka Yacht Club.   The weather for Saturday’s races was cool and windy with wind gusts between 25 to 30 mph, with clouds and intermittent sun.   We had the good fortune to be welcomed onto a pontoon boat owned by Peggy & Craig, who are both avid sailors and who were very generous in sharing their knowledge and information about the regatta.  Plus, they were able to position their boat  by the finish line, giving us a perfect perspective to see the maneuvering that took place right at the end.  The clouds in the sky and the sun glistening off the lake and illuminating the sails made for some wonderful photographs.  My thanks again to Peggy & Craig for their White Bear Lake hospitality!