Happy 4th of July!
Its been pretty slow up here at the lake house which is exactly as its supposed to be. Ive taken the wave runner out, went on a pretty awesome mountain bike ride(thru the expert loop, yeesh) with my brother Justin on the Raven Trail and have been able to get some extraordinary night shots of the moon and Milky Way.
Today we have additional family coming over for the 4th. The weather is perfect(for now) and everyone is having fun on the water.
Ive been hesitant to upload photos of nephews and nieces but sometimes they sneak on thru. I swear there are lots of people here! hah
Back on the road again to visit the family lake house in Minocqua, WI. There are 21 people staying here this 4th and I was the last to arrive, safe to say I did NOT get first pick where my tent was set up.
We have a tradition of everyone in the immediate family making the trek up to the lake house on the 4th as its the easiest holiday to get off without obligations to spouses families. Our siblings travel from as far away as Denver, Santa Cruz, Seattle(me), Memphis, Chicago and Duluth. I cant express enough how much I love this place but its been hard to get here the past 2 years so Im not sure how much longer Ill be making the trip every summer.
This year was especially important as its our parents 25th anniversary and when they brought this unruly group together. To commemorate the lake house and their anniversary, the siblings gifted the parents a photo book of all the memories up until last year. Needless to say, it was a hit and turned out really well.
Ive lived in Chicago and the surrounding area for about 30 years and have no memory of visiting Milwaukee besides going to Maders as a kid. My friend Nick and his now wife Diana got married on Saturday and it was an amazing day filled with friends from all over and making great new memories. I left this day to the professionals but Ill leave you with some photos of my friend Janines cats and the amazing light she gets in her east facing living room.
OH and it was only the second time Lindy met cats. She was shaking at first but warmed up by the morning and wanted to play with them.
CHICAGO!! Its hard not to love this city and I wish there was more I could in my stay for the night. I stopped into my office that morning after dropping Lindy off at her day care we used while living here. Again, it was unbearably hot as it hit record highs for the summer. After I was done at the office, I picked up Lindy and we went to her favorite park, Skinner Dog Park. The friend I was meeting up with that evening wasn’t available till later and since it was so hot out, we visited Clover to escape the heat.