George and Debbie, suffering from a case of island fever, left Peaks for a day of sun, fun and good food. While the food cooperated, the weather did not. Long Lake was as choppy as San Francisco Bay on a calm day. Water Skiing was scrapped for a pleasure cruise.
Post lunch activities were now focused on cruising to Adams Point to see two nesting American bald eagles. Disappointed to have not seen the birds, the group cruised around the area and then headed south towards Sandy Cove espying the summer cottages and available real estate. Long Lake is neither a wide lake nor a deep lake. It is however a long lake. Off the starboard side of the boat in the distance the group saw what appeared to be a few snorkelers waving in distress. Snorkeling in Long Lake is a rarity and the sight of five Indians (Patel not Penobscot) barely able to stay afloat was even rarer.
The five snorkelers anchored their rented pontoon boat to “explore” Long Lake. While underwater their “party barge,” went adrift with two oblivious Bollywood dancing preteens at the helm. The Patels now separated from their floating Taj by a half mile were literally “up the Ganges without a cricket paddle.” Papa Patel, clearly not a graduate of the Ann Curtis School of Swimming attempted to swim the long stretch to reclaim his drifting boat. A rather average day on Long Lake turned into the unexpected as a rescue mission was hatched. DRoy turned the boat towards the struggling swimmers and brought them aboard. The Patels were soon reunited with their two drifting Desi girls and all was well.