We have the glorious opporuntity through Tracy's work to rent cabins occasionally on their property in McGregor. They are fully furnished, sleep 5 and come with the (free) use of a fishing boat, pontoon boat, row boat, paddle boat, ping pong, pool, horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole ... you name it, they have it! Not to mention ... every 89's VHS tape you can image (with an extra bonus ... working VHS players!!) Its basically heaven.
This year we were lucky enough to get a cabin for Memorial Day.
Tracy headed up 1st with Billy, Angela, Caden and Wyatt. (Tom, Jimmy and Kay were coming up later due to sports practice) They had a gas (after sitting in an extra 40 min's of traffic due to long weekend cabin commuters). Dinner was at the Fireside supper club - salad bar and everything. Then, card games (solitaire) for the Mom's and Blockus for the boys. The next day they were WAY adventurous and went on a 90 minute hike at the nature sanctuary where they encountered lakes, bogs and about 50+ ticks. Seriously. Angela googled it and we were basically at ground zero for ticks. Needless to say there was a TON of freaky out after the hike including hysterical boys making us pull over on the highway so that they could pick them off. We continued to find/pick them off for 2 straight days. Yikes!
Tom and the other kids joined just in time for FISHING!! Caden had brought all his gear and Kay was eager to get out too. Again, Kay out fished EVERYONE ! She got a northern, small mouth, crappie and a ton of sunfish. In fact, at one point a loon was sitting about 4 feet away from her on the lake. Every time she caught a "too small" sunny, she'd throw it to the loon and the loon would catch in. Smart loon. Kay's a loon whispered. That night was super yummy Genovese (new pasta dish we adore) and TV - Clueless to be exact.
Sunday Bob, Chandra, Grayce and Owen came down from their new house in Duluth to spend the day. They brought Coltrane (their 10 yr old ridgeback) and their new puppy Bowie (same breed). Holy Cow were they cute and Billy loved up the dogs. We visited, drank some champagne cocktail, reminisced about India, laid in the sun, paddled in the boat, went swimming, went fishing and basically had a picture perfect day. Bob took the boys out in the row boat to go swimming in the middle of the lake. Tom took the kids fishing (again). We made a HUGE shrimp boil to round out the day before everyone headed home. We were staying for 1 final family night and indulged in the Breakfast Club. Classic.
Angela made homemade big breakfast every morning and it was wonderful.
There was no cell coverage or internet and the kids survived (just barely)
We reconnect with really good friends and slowed down to appreciate life a bit.
Billy acted as photographer and got some killer shots (see below)
Overall, the perfect perfect holiday weekend.
So blessed with generous workplaces, good friends, wonderful food and the ability to enjoy life....