Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Northwoods Summer '15 Part 4: Wrapping Up the Week

Are you tired of these posts yet?  Because I could probably just post pictures of the Northwoods for the next few months.  So I warn you, this is an incredibly pic-heavy post with very little words.  But it's the end of summer and we're too tired to read much anyway, right?  So again, I'll let the photos do the talking...

No trip Up North would be complete without a little ice cream....


Oh, and the ice cream shop was also a candy shop.  Brilliant, I tell you.

We strolled around Eagle River eating ice cream and buying baby moccasins (seriously, Minnetonka! Why do you need to be so dang cute!?) before heading over to do some Go-Kart driving.



Danny was just tall enough to drive alone!  Major 8 year old milestone.



The kids begged to ride the adult bumper boats---but the grown ups didn't want to get soaked so they had to settle for the "babyish" ones instead.  And as much as they complained about them being tiny... they all seemed to enjoy themselves a little bit...







Our final sunset with our visitors.  Picture perfect.

The next morning, we took a few family photos on our deck.  Miss Karen, thank you for the idea and your photography skills!



After that, our friends packed up and headed home and we enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather for another day.







Anna just wanted to walk on the paddleboard...







On Saturday, we made a little stop in Madison and hit the farmer's market-- which is amazing.  I could have spent hours wandering around buying all the flowers... but we only had an hour and the heat was even making me sweat.  So we opted for a lemonade and lunch outside before making the final trek home.




Like all things, amazing vacations must come to an end.  And while I'm always sad to leave this special place, I try to remain thankful and happy for the experience.  This wasn't Disneyworld or a European vacation and in my opinion, it was probably better.  It was simple and relaxed and perfect. We unplugged and slowed down and enjoyed the things and people around us.  In my perfect world, every day would be filled with long nature walks, tubs of toys on the beach, books read in hammocks, and sand tracked into the living room.  The smell of sunscreen would linger on little bodies long after they were tucked into bunk beds and the grown ups settled into Adirondack chairs with vino in hand. In my perfect world everyday would be filled with more interaction and conversation and less internet and television.  (And if I'm being really honest here, my perfect world would include someone playing the guitar and a perfect singing voice for me. And we would sit around a campfire and give each other compliments and contemplate the Universe....)  But we live in the real world, which is pretty amazing too-- and if nothing else, it reminds me how wonderful it is to have getaways like this to keep the main thing the main thing.  Until next time, Wisconsin....

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