Nelson Lake in North Dakota’s Oliver County was a busy but happy place Saturday (June 18) — the site of the 22nd annual Escape to the Lake.
There was ample evidence of waterskiing, but they were hardly normal trips on the lake. These were adaptive skis used for people with disabilities — the very participants who have made Escape to the Lake a summer success since its debut in the early 1990s.
Thirty-one individuals with disabilities went waterskiing; three of them skied around the lake twice.
And each trip around the lake for an Escape participant required an average of 12 or more volunteers to make it possible. That was for the waterskiing itself, and not all the other support activities that took place at Nelson Lake Recreation Area for the event.
The event also featured pontoon rides, a free lunch and a performance waterski show featuring the Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts ski team. Plus plenty of family and friends to add a special note to the activities.
Besides the Aqua Addicts, on-site support featured founder NDAD and its technical support team, Texas Adaptive Aquatics, that helped the charitable nonprofit start the event all those years ago, then on Devils Lake.
This year, volunteer assistance included a group of airmen from Minot Air Force Base.