Friday, Sept 4, 1885 It has been warmer today. We finished the drain and opened the road once more in front of the house. It is not entirely done as I shall have to get some more drain tile. This is a much needed improvement and I am very glad it is accomplished. At 3 o'clock Mary, Sara, Cousin Rachel[,] my father and I drove down to the Point to see a canoe race which was to come off at 4. They did not get started however until 5. Eight canoes participated and they had a good breeze from the S. My father got rather impatient and we came away shortly after the fleet rounded the buoy before the wind and started on their return against the wind. Grant Van Deusen led when we left. It began to rain a little as we came away and shortly after we reached home we had a hard shower. I went over to my studio today and looked over my colors and ordered what I lacked from Devoe. I begin to want to get to work out of doors and think now I will go to Shokan as that is near home and a pleasant place. I want to explore some of the points in that vicinity.