We had another successful Memorial day “open the cabin” weekend up north. We also had a nice, warm and sunny day. Bonus! Below are a handful of photos. Click on any image in the gallery to see it larger.
Miss M’s tree
putting the dock in
burning sticks and leaves
sunset, Akeley MN
apple tree in blossom
I was so busy cooking and cleaning that I didn’t get photos of the food. I made rhubarb crisp for dessert and look what I happened upon when I went to pick the rhubarb that I brought up to the cabin. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
We had another lovely weekend at the cabin and another fabulous sky of changing sunsets. Here are a handful of my favorites.
We had the most amazing display of fireworks over the lake and we didn’t have to go anywhere. At one point we were standing on the dock and there were dueling fireworks. We didn’t know where to look! Quite the problem to have don’t you think? :) I tried and tried to get a good photo of the fireworks. Alas, my iphone camera is not the best for this type of shot. But I did choose one to share.
And the sky’s colors just kept on giving. This one was taken about 45 minutes after the sun had set and you can kind of see some fireworks going off way across the lake.
And, oh heck, here’s a gratuitous photo of Fritz in the red chair totally unrelated to the 4th of July. I just like this photo of him. Red looks good on him don’t you think?
We are amongst the many people that are lucky enough to have a family cabin in the woods in northern Minnesota. We just had a nice vacation there and here is a brief synopsis of our time at 11th Crow Wing Lake.
We arrived around noon on a sunny summer day. The lake was beautiful and as peaceful as ever. Here’s our view from the deck:
This ginormous dragonfly was on the door. Isn’t it beautiful?
And Lady of the Cakes will be so happy to see food in this post ;) We decided to cook our dinner in the camp fire the first night. Here’s one of the fire builders at work:
Pretty soon we have a fire hot enough to cook corn. First, we soaked it in water for about an hour. Then wrapped it in foil and put them in the fire. They took about 10-15 minutes. We got our corn unwrapped, peeled, buttered and salted and then roasted our hot dogs.
And just look at how talented I am. I can roast a weenie and take a picture at the same time!!
Ready, set, eat!!
Ready for more food? I clipped a recipe in this week’s food section in the newspaper for a different kind of rhubarb crisp. This was made with ginger snaps and “candied” ginger. All the store in Walker had was crystallized ginger. It was just a tad too gingery for me so I’m not going to make it again. But it sure looks yummy doesn’t it? (if I do say so meself):
We always have beautiful sunsets over the lake. Here’s a couple from our first night’s sunset:
Here’s one of my favorite photos this trip, the paddlers returning in the canoe:
Two more sunset photos from our last night there:
We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy this lovely spot.
Marianne at East of Málaga hosts this monthly challenge(click the link for more of this month’s entries) and I’m doing it this month! I have so many reflection-type photos and most, if not all, of these have been posted before but it’s fun to put together a collection of photos for a theme. I hope you’ll enjoy these. Click on any photo to see it larger and to scroll through all of the photos.
11th Crow Wing Lake-Sun reflection and Dad and daughter reflecting on life
11th Crow Wing Lake-I love how the clouds and sun reflect in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-more reflections in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-tree reflections in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-trees reflection
Willow Pond-early spring trees reflecting in the water
Patio de las Doncellas, Real Alcázar, Sevilla
The rest of the challenge is to include links to two blogs that I’ve commented on in the last month. My first is a more recent find, a food blog that I think you’ll enjoy. Things My Belly Likes is full of great recipes with a dash of humor too.
My second featured blog has given me much inspiration in the last few weeks. Please visit Mirth and Motivation, I promise you’ll be inspired!
I’m on vacation in southern California and I thought I would share some photos of Venice.
The beautiful beach:
An interesting house that we passed(there are many interesting houses in Venice!):
Here’s my favorite girl on the dock just after sunset at the lake:
Don Quijote y Sancho Panza at Taberna Guzmán, Córdoba, Spain:
The travel themes are from Where’s my backpack. Check out the other entries there, fun!!
A near perfect weekend at the cabin in the woods in northern Minnesota. It was made less perfect by yet another horrible drive out of town Friday afternoon. I wrote about our first trip of the year to our cabin recently and we had hoped to avoid the traffic jam of last trip by taking a different route. Ah but the best laid plans of mice and men….a theme that comes up over and over in my life. What normally takes just over three hours took nearly 4 1/2 hours to start off our nearly perfect weekend. So, that really was the worst of it unless you count the rain we woke up to Saturday morning. I kept saying it would clear up and it would be a nice day. Thankfully, I was correct!
We arrived exhausted from our long car ride but we decided the pain was worth it once we settled in, had some supper and then sat by the campfire watching the most gorgeous sunset. We were rewarded in other ways as well during the weekend. We got to see and hear much wildlife such as bats and fireflies Friday night. While at our campfire Saturday night we saw two great blue herons duking it out over territory, or we presumed as much. I spotted an eagle flying along the shore and then moments later, that same eagle flew right overhead with something in its claws and two smaller birds close on its heels squawking something fierce. We assumed that the eagle probably grabbed one of those birds’ family members :( On our way to breakfast we witnessed a mother turkey with three (or four?) baby turkeys just walking along the road! On our return trip the turkeys had left. One last wildlife sighting happened just outside of town on our way home, a deer and two youngsters leaping across the road! I had to brake in case there were more. I wish I could have gotten their pictures. Instead here are some pics of the fabulous sunset we enjoyed Friday night.