Ghosts of Mark Twain at the Lake. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

September 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The lake keeps storytelling alive and vital

Quiet Rowboat

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Quiet Rowboat 20220830 850_3153Quiet RowboatA rowing boat docked on Indian Lake at a dock with a bench, hidden amongst the vegetation surrounding the lake. In South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Evening at the Fishing Area

Evening at the Fishing Area 20220830 850_3149Evening at the Fishing AreaA canoe being used for early evning fishing at Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

I once worked in Ocean Marine Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut. I worked with a gentleman who had a wonderful story of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). His grandfather (as a young man) was fishing on the Connecticut River with his friends. An older man approached and asked what they were doing. They explained that they were fishing. So, the older man regaled the boys with stories of fishing. As he departed, he reached into a heavy satchel and gifted each of the boys copies of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". My coworker then showed us the signed copies as handed down to him.

Now, I am back in my native Rhode Island (I never left in many senses) going on two decades. We live along the area known as Indian Lake. My sons will run down to the ramp and fish or sometimes have "brother time" for a walk. It is something that young men need.

But as I see the scenes on the lake, the spirit of Mark Twain and adventure is there. His ghost voices a gentle, nostalgic, chuckle as he watches the neighbor youngsters. There is swimming, playing, rowing, paddling, exploring, and fishing. And we know that Mark Twain's ghost is here, encouraging the making of future yarns. The lake keeps storytelling alive and vital.


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