On Sunday, August 1st., Dorset was a hub of activity with barely a free table at the local restaurants and a 20 person line-up at the ice cream parlour! The lake was sparking and crowded with power boats of various colours. For teenagers, this seemed to be “party central” or at least a spot to meet friends and make plans for the rest of the day.
While standing outside Dairy D’Lites, I noticed a crowd gathering and looking toward the bridge. There were cars crossing above and many boats taking their turn through the somewhat narrow opening below this one-lane structure. But there on the railing, I noticed 2 teenage girls trying to get their balance with the obvious intention of jumping into the narrow channel below. As concerned as I was for their safety, I still grabbed my camera hoping to get some action shots. Each one jumped separately, and somehow managed to land in the water and not on the deck of one of the boats passing under the bridge! These 2 were not the only ones to risk their lives (that’s the way I saw this activity!). As I stood there a large group of guys and girls made their way up to the bridge and took their turns.
Fortunately, no one was injured while I was there and perhaps this is a regular occurrence in Dorset in the summer. Dorset is obviously not just the sleepy little town that I’d seen in the Fall!