In addition to going home for Adrien and Arthur’s wedding, I went on the Wawra annual camping trip to a campground in northern Minnesota called Camper’s Paradise. We’ve been going there for over 15 years- it’s a place I’ve grown up with.
This year was a tough one- the weather did not cooperate at all. Usually we spend the majority of our time in the lake- on floaties, tubing, waterskiing, swimming or on the beach reading. This year was very unusual. It rained on on off for about 1/2 of the days we were there and the temperatures rarely reached over 70 degrees. It was a little tougher to spend our days outside 24-7 than it usually is. We spent most of our time in sweatshirts and jeans- not swimsuits to cool off from the 90 degree temps and humidity.
My friends Hayden and Erica came along with my family (minus Paul, who was working the PGA Championship and couldn’t get the time off). It was a good crew- though I felt bad for my dad- the solo male in the group. He did well among all the girl chat. We kept busy during the week- each of us read a whole book while we were there in addition to everything else.
This is how we set up our tarp. Sharon goes on my dad’s shoulders and ties ropes and bungees in the tree. My mom and I help for a little bit and then we get bored. I made up a fun activity while I was waiting for them to need more help- pole vaulting.
Like Sharon’s goal- I made a goal to waterski every day. I waterskiied all days but 2, but tried to make up for it with some 2x per day trips. It was always freezing to get into the water, but once I got up I always had fun. I love waterskiing and miss it living boatless in Utah.
There was an eagle’s nest near our campsite. We got to watch the eagles come and go all week. The mom or dad eagle would stop by with food for the 3 babies a couple times a day. Towards the end of the week the babies got out to soar like the parents. It was really neat to watch the babies try to soar, but have a hard time with the wind.