Oh, for the lazy days of summer. Remember back when summer was too long? You could stay up as long as you wanted, eat ice cream all day, and read to your heart’s content.
I lived in the country so our ‘vacations’ were camping trips which included a lot of fishing.
One spot we frequented often was Tripod Lake. Nestled in the mountains above Smith’s Ferry, it was a perfect get away for a weekend. The lake was clear and blue and just long enough that I could swim the distance from one sunning rock to the next. Of course, my swimming time was limited to the heat of the day, when the fish weren’t biting anyway.
Fast forward a few years and now I’m camping and fishing (code word for reading) with my current husband. We wanted to find a new lake so I tried to guide him to another one we’d visited when I was a kid, Sagehen. It was more developed (ie had potty sheds) but still had that small lake feel.
We drove up the mountain, turned left at Smiths Ferry, then continued to up another mountain. I knew the road took us to the lake, all we had to do was stay on the main road.
I guess I was talking and missed pointing out the sign because soon, the road turned into more of an ATV trail with no place to turn around. Curling around the mountain, we weaved left and right. Then our dog got sick on my husband’s lap.
He still doesn’t find that story funny.
We turned around, found the turn off, and had a pleasant weekend at the lake.
My new books, The Tourist Trap Mysteries, came out of my love for this laid back summer trip. Jill owns a coffee shop/book store in South Cove and loves her relaxed lifestyle. Or would, if people would stop killing her friends.
Do you have a vacation nightmare story? Want to share?
Guidebook to Murder – A Tourist Trap Mystery
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .
Lynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.