Water, Water Everywhere!!

[Sand bagging at Blakes by the Lakes on Lake Carlos, August 2.  Photo by Loren Berg.]

This was going to be a report on Resorters Golf Tournament week.  It will include that – but it has otherwise been overtaken by events.  Memories (and we suspect, records) indicate that lakes in our area have never been this high.  This has not been a one storm, or one season’s phenomenon – it began with the snows of last fall, through the winter, the wet, cold spring, and the raging thunderstorms of summer.  The water tables are maxing out – meaning in many areas where there is standing water, there is no place for it to go.  The climate models are proving correct – the South is becoming hotter and drier, and it is becoming wetter, warmer, and more humid in our neck of the woods.  People don’t usually have to sand bag around lakes – it is happening this summer.  This will be an ongoing article as “stuff” keeps coming in from stringers in the field.

[Following the Resorters yesterday, we arrived at the signature 7th hole – Lake Darling is overtaking the golf course.  You can see the left sandtrap is totally filled with water – a ground rule for the tournament yesterday was a free drop out of all sand traps.]

[Water is coming over the top of the water hazard retaining walls.  Those walls were caving in anyway, and along with the need to upgrade the green the entire hole will be reconstructed as soon as the tournament is over.  It will be playable again next June – water will no longer be in front of the green or the 8th tee box.]

[The drop area had to be moved out of the “water” for the tournament.]

[Beginning of the reconstruction – the weeping willow that “guarded” the right side of the green has been taken down.]

[Lake Darling encroaching on the back of the green.]

[The 8th tee – the cart path out of there has been built up three times in the last week.]

[My driver, Richie Braun.]

[Telephoto shot from the 8th tee across the lake to the point between Big and Little Darling.  The homeowners there had FIVE dump truck loads of sand delivered this week to build berms around their houses.]

[Same shot sans telephoto.]

[And the tournament must go on.  The course drains really well in almost all areas – and is beautiful and in great shape!]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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