Life As a Painting

Looking for toads at Lake Lagunita on Stanford Campus, the only lake I know of that is most almost always dry and has a redundant name.  Truly Lake Little Lake.

Pulling the kids off the computer, we took the dogs (one dog and one puppy), and the three kids, a chartreuse green bucket and a load of enthusiasm to the shores of Lake Lag and went in search of frogs.  It was not an epic quest kind of search, but more a look down and watch the chaos of 4,000 tiny frogs running for their lives.   The dogs frolicked in the deep grass, the parents acted stupid, and the kids caught frogs and got muddy.

Ahem, not my husband.  So you know.

We ended up with tired dogs, happy kids, and fortunately no frog stowaways.



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5 responses to “Life As a Painting

  1. la

    you’re hubby is soooo hot, sue. you really know how to pick ’em. you should be proud of his unique fashion sense and not pretend he’s someone else.

    very fun day…needed that fresh air for sure!!!


  2. Lisa Greim

    Wait, Dave learned to windsurf (sorta) on Lake Lag. I distinctly remember there being water there.

    • That was a long, long time ago. First there was some problem with a big pipe that helped fill the lake that somehow had broken (maybe earthquake?). Then they found an endangered salamander. And so the lake didn’t get filled. Sometime in 1989 I think.

      • Lisa Greim

        I went to watch Dave’s windsurfing and was either pregnant with Mark or brought him with me, so it that have been 1991-92.

      • Indeed. From Wikipedia:

        Lake Lagunita is an artificial lake in Stanford University, California. Located on the western side of the Stanford campus near the Lagunita residences, the lake dries up during the summer. During winters with normal rainfall, the lake used to be filled by diversion from San Francisquito Creek to a three-meter depth along with artificial water level maintenance, allowing recreational use by students[2]. However, the lake has not been artificially filled since the late 1990s, due to problems either with the lake’s damming walls or with conservation efforts.

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