The wind left Scott Lewis’ sails Monday afternoon.
And just like that, boating season — and summer, too — came to an unofficial close.
Labor Day gave families once last chance Monday to live up summer, before children return to school and cool air starts creeping in.
The Lewis family, of Millroy, spent it on Sayers Lake near Howard.
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“We wanted to get them out one more time,” Lewis said of the family’s Sunfish sailboats.
The small crafts, which look like a cross between a sailboat and kayak, skimmed across the water early in the day, taking full advantage of a steady breeze.
It might have been the best wind they have seen all season — better than on their trips to Lake Harmony in Carbon County and Glendale Lake at Prince Gallitzin State Park. But it didn’t last long enough.
“It just died all of a sudden,” Lewis said.
So there they were Monday afternoon — Lewis, his sons, wife and others — paddling their sailboats back to shore.
“When there’s no wind, you have to have a little back-up plan,” Lewis said with a laugh.
“They’re more fun when the wind is blowing.”
The family had plenty of company on the lake Monday.
Boaters were all trying to milk a little more from the season.
Speed and pontoon boats crowded the waters, and kayaks cut through the wakes.
Two girls riding tubes being pulled by a boat raised their arms to wave as they sped by a dock.
But the day had turned gloomy by Monday afternoon, likely matching the mood of many youngsters faced with the start of another school year.
To make it worse, rain threatened to wash out the unofficial last day of the season.
That didn’t bother Ann-Marie LaPean, of Centre Hall.
The 9-year-old was reeling in fish after fish — so many she had lost count of the number of crappie that filled her bucket.
The overcast weather only seemed to help her, as yet another fish took her bait.
Next to her on the dock, Travis Stiffler, 10, of Jersey Shore, was having similar luck. He estimated his catch at 20 for the day.
The two took a minute from casting and reeling to reflect on their summer.
For Ann-Marie, it was spent swimming in the Millheim pool.
“I went fishing with my Pap,” Travis said.
“We have a garden at our house and I worked on that. We built a fence, and stuff like that.”
And now were they looking forward to going back to school?
“No way,” Ann-Marie said.
Travis had a more optimistic outlook.
“I’m excited to go back and see my friends and everything,” he said.
Ann-Marie eventually came around, too, admitting she was looking forward to earning Ram stars, recognition her school gives to students who are ready, responsible and respectful.
Another plus — her teacher likes the Angry Birds game, she said.
As for the big kids, Labor Day might not be the end for Lewis and his boats.
He and his wife have wetsuits and might make another trip out to Sayers Lake — as long as Lewis can keep the boat upright.
“I can flip it unless my wife is on with me,” he said.
“She’s told me if I flip it or hit her in the head with the boom, she’s done.”