Monday, September 29, 2008

Weekend away

We had the opportunity to escape to the famous "Up North" that everyone always talks about. It's funny, when we lived in Michigan, people were going there all the time, and it's no different in Minnesota. In this case, "Up North" was actually "Up North-East" because we ended up in Wisconsin. Our friends, Wayne and Bev own a beautiful cabin on Long Lake and invited us to join them.

Because David had to work this weekend, we didn't get to leave until after church. We were only on vacation for about 24 hours, but it was such a relaxing time that it felt longer. Even though it was pretty cool and gloomy, we started our visit with a pontoon ride along a small portion of the lake. The fall colors were beautiful. David and I realized that aside from riding the water ferry at Disney World, we're pretty sure that was our first time going boating as a married couple. That's sad; we've been married for 7 years!

After the boat ride, we headed into town to eat dinner at a local Mexican restaraunt (of course!). The Tilapia was incredible. When we got back to the house, we took a dip in the hot tub for a while, followed by an hour or so at the ping pong table (also a marriage-first, surprisingly enough). I don't think I've played ping pong in about 15 years. It was fun, and the longer we played, the better we got.

This morning was still cool, but the sun was out. We were honored to take the last pontoon ride of the season as Wayne took the boat down the lake to have it winterized. The sunlight really brought out the colors in the trees, although I don't think the camera quite captured it.

Thank you so much, Wayne and Bev for inviting us! We had an absolutely wonderful time! And thank you Stu, Sadie, and Emily for stopping in to check on Allie:-)


Halls said...

What a beautiful place!!!!! So nice to make all those memories that you can share years later.

Trina said...

I'm so glad you two got some time away. You both completely deserved it.

The Hofer Fam said...

I can't believe that was your first time doing those things. Next time you are in NY you have to go to mom and dads. The lake is beautiful as you know and looks just like the old place on Eagle Island. Your pictures reminded me of that.