The first big batch of summer people have left. Labor day seriously thins out the population here on the lake. Took the canoe out on the water. There were only two other boats on the water when I set out, but soon there was just my canoe. No drunken water skiers. No high speed boats on too small a lake. My lovely wife and I paddled around and checked out the osprey and loons. I even caught a good sized trout for dinner. It doesn't get much fresher than that.
Today I drove 50 miles to a tourist town. Traffic was light. Picked up some books at a bookstore. We were down in that area before Labor Day, but the people we were riding with absolutely refused to fight the traffic to get to the bookstore. Don't really blame them. Now it's no problem at all.
There are still a few die hards around the lake. Some will be up every weekend. That'll pretty much stop come Columbus Day. After that, the lake will be left to a few die hard permanent residents. It's peaceful. I like it.
I'm not exactly a hermit. During the heat of the summer, I loved having my beach overrun with family and friends. It was fun. There was lots of stuff going on. However, I do like my quiet time. It's a chance to gather my thoughts and get back in touch with my more spiritual side.
I like that too.