Labor Day for Bobby Wilson was not only about reliving memories of coming to Lake Tobesofkee when he was a kid, but also it was about continuing a tradition.
He and about 40 members of his family were enjoying the last holiday of summer at Claystone Park by having a picnic near the lake, with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and ribs on the grill.
Growing up my mom and dad and my family, they used to have things like this out here, said Wilson of Macon. So my generation, were doing it now. ... This is the first time Ive been out here since I was a little kid.
Whats it like to be back?
Memories, just memories, he said. Nothing has changed. Its the same. People are out here having a good time.
While some may consider Labor Day the end of summer, it doesnt officially end until Sept. 21. The equinox brings autumn on Sept. 22, and thats when the days start to get shorter than the nights.
Monday was the last day Sandy Beach Park is open this year, but Claystone Park is open all year.
Wilson said he doesnt consider Labor Day the end of summer.
We have such crazy weather here in Georgia, we really cant say summer is over until its over, he said, laughing.
Bob Lawrence, who moved to Centerville nearly a year ago from Philadelphia, said he and his wife thought about going to a pool Monday, but came out to Lake Tobesofkee instead because they could bring their four dogs, Angus, Chase, Scottie and Skitz. The pooches were allowed in the lake away from the beach.
I didnt think it would be this busy, Lawrence said. There are a lot of family reunions going on.
His wife, Sarah Lawrence, said she was sad that summer is slipping away.
I dont want summer to end, she said. Summer is my favorite time of the year.
Michelle Hill of Byron said her family and friends camped at the lake during the long weekend and were spending Monday swimming and eating at Claystone.
Her 7-year-old played with a water gun while country music from a nearby pickup truck entertained the group.
Back to school tomorrow, Hill said.
But this wont be their last trip to the lake this year, she said.
One of her friends, Jimmy Wright of Macon, appeared to be feeding the fish his worms. He had been fishing all weekend but hadnt had much luck.
He said he thought all the activity in the lake with people swimming and boating was keeping the fish away.
Wright has been coming to the lake since he was a little kid and usually comes Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Monday wasnt the end of summer for him.
It was still hot in October last year, he said.
Jimmie Ewell had some fish on the grill, but they didnt come out of Lake Tobesofkee.
He was grilling tilapia, ribs, chicken, hamburgers and corn on the cob for about 30 family and friends.
They were also having some Mexican food, including carne asada, a beef steak, said Ernesto Gutierrez. Several of the group work at Acapulco Grill restaurant on Hartley Bridge Road which was closed Monday.
Ewell lives in Locust Grove not far from Lake Lanier, but he likes coming to Lake Tobesofkee.
Its not as crowded here, he said. Its nice and clean. This place is much better.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.