Our trip up north was great. Although everyone was more restless on the second day of travel, at least there were more interesting places to stop for breaks, like waterfalls and pebble beaches.
We spent the first week in a home that is for sale. The owners were hospitable, generous, lovely people who we very much enjoyed getting to know. I thought we would know a definite “yes” or “no” about the house right away, but it was much more complicated. There were so many attractive features of the house and landscape (wow!), yet enough questions to hold us back. As it stands, we have not entirely ruled out the house. But for now we will rent. It gives us time to do more looking (perhaps for our land for building on), pay some debt, save up a down payment, etc. We will definitely be visiting our fine hosts in all seasons and exploring the area some more.
In spite of everyone getting some nasty colds, we still got in a fair amount of visiting with friends.
And a hike to a waterfall we had never explored.
For week two, Graeme headed back south and the rest of us headed to my parents’. We visited grandparents, great grandparents, and friends. The boys got lots of four wheeler rides with Grandma. We got in a day of ice fishing. We left the house late, drove quite a while, walked/four wheeled into the lake, had lots of pickerel action, packed up and walked out before dark. By the time we got home it was after 10pm. The fish fry would have to wait for the next day.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures out ice fishing because my sister had her new camera and was taking plenty!
Zach lit some big brush fires with Grandpa then did some visiting with the horses.
For week three, we headed back to “our” city. Charlotte spent most of the week with a friend there. The kids and I had some mini adventures, did more visiting, and roasted hot dogs in the backyard. Graeme’s week of call was quite quiet. We even got out to one of Merrie’s concerts and he didn’t get called away. We saw lots of friends and met some new, cool people, but the pace didn’t feel too hectic. It was nice. Of course, there were more people we would have liked to see, but we know we’ll be back in a couple of months so we didn’t feel like we had to cram it all in.
Below is the front yard of the house we’ll be renting. For six weeks this winter they could skate across the bay! I’m hoping for the right conditions next winter! Regardless of skating conditions, we’ll be gearing up for ice fishing before the lake freezes over!
This shoreline is less nerve-racking than some that we spent time around!
You’ll see plenty of pictures of the house once we move into it, so I’ll spare you those for now.
We decided to drive “straight through” on the way back down here. It worked out well. The kids were great travelers. The dog gets restless about the same time the kids do. We had plenty of nice places to stop along the way. And after supper and one more stop (on a beach lit up by our headlights) we hunkered down for the long haul. The kids slept. Graeme and I slept, but not at the same time. The kids didn’t wake up until a 5am stop for gas. Even then, if Danica had gone back to sleep they all might have. However, she needed to eat. Once she was fed she stayed awake for a long time, but happily cooed at one sleeping and one awake brother in the back seat. Everyone was peaceful. And then we were back.
And here’s a pictures to prove that I was there. 🙂