How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Day 6)

[Master of all he surveys, either napping or preparing to address his minions.]

This was “water” day.  All events seemed to take place on or in the water.  I somehow managed to not participate in any of these things – water is bad for my skin, makes it wet.  Rita and I considered the lake swim but fortunately came to our senses in the nick of time.  We cheered graciously for those who did.  And since we did not have to waste precious time toweling off, we were first in line for breakfast.

[The first thing on the day’s agenda was a mad dash to the Wigwam sock factory in Sheboygan.  This is our annual camp ritual as it coincides with the factory’s annual (or semi-annual?) sale at their plant.  The assembled masses descend on the place with cardboard boxes and paper bags and fill them up with “deals” on socks and hats.  You may recall my birthday photo session in my furry Elmer Fudd hat?]

[Back at camp, The Biddies perused the morning paper, non-biddies went kayaking, and then we all enjoyed breakfast under the sun.]

[In preparation for the afternoon races, Tom took The Biddies, et al, for a morning sail in the big boat.]

Then, the races, beginning with the solo sunfishes – Tom took 3rd:

I then raced from waterfront to the swimming beach to catch the continuing action with The Biddies and Rita’s daughter, Beth . . . and some canoeists:

Then it was on to the doubles:  Defending champ, Dan, with a Normile (Will, Sam, or Oliver?); Caitlin and Andrew; and Karina and Tom:

[Dan, and a Normile.]

[Caitlin and Andrew.]

[Karina and Tom.]

[In a photo finish, Caitlin and Andrew upset the defending champs.  Tom was philosophical about their 3rd place finish – “At least we got the bronze!”]

And finally, it was a beautiful evening for a pontoon ride around the lake – with a full moon:

[Chris & Beth, Rita’s son-in-law and daughter.]

[Our home for the week.]

[The two above was (is?) Tom Cruise’s place.]


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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Day 6)

  1. Beth McKay-Teeuwen says:

    I am coming with you next year.


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