“Seeing” Bauneg Beg

June 26, 2015

This is the first installment in a new series entitled “Life on the Lake.”

Yesterday evening we held a boating workshop at the TREE Center in Sanford, Maine. We had the opportunity to host a book signing for the author and weatherman, Kevin Mannix and his wife and co-author Linda Rota. While Kevin and Linda were inside the TREE Experiential Education Center discussing their book, Weathering Shame, the TREE staff was outside preparing the waterfront for visitors.

Afterwards, our lifeguard, Ashleigh, and I were cleaning up the beachfront when she stopped and said, “You know, I’m so glad I’m working here instead of in an indoor pool this summer.” Without looking up from my work, I asked, “Why’s that?” She replied, “You just can’t get this view from the pool.”

I looked up and saw what she meant. The sun was setting behind Bauneg Beg Mountain, with the beautiful colors reflected in the still water of the lake.   The scene brought back memories of summers filled with happiness and sunsets.

sunset for blog

British writer William Hazlitt once said, “We do not see Nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” I thought back to how many people had made comments about our “beautiful lake” or how it was such a “peaceful night” during the workshop. For most of the evening, I would acknowledge the comment with an, “It is beautiful isn’t it?” or a, “Oh I know, it just so nice down here.” remark, my usual response when these comments are made. We hear a lot of our visitors say these comments during the summer and unfortunately we just get so caught up in the work or the day that we forget how amazingly lucky we are to work in such a beautiful setting.

But what’s even more important than the setting I work in are the memories I have made here. The people I’ve been introduced to, the loons I’ve grown accustomed to seeing every morning, and the experience of spending the wonderful Maine summers outdoors. William Hazlitt had it right. It only took a sunset to make me understand and appreciate this place once again.

“You’re right. I don’t think you’d get this kind of view from an indoor pool,” I replied to Ashleigh.

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