How I Spent My Summer Vacation (A Retrospective)

It remains to be seen whether or not a retrospective is viable a mere three months later.  Nevertheless, this gives your reporter, the protagonist, the opportunity to be on the other side of the camera – for these are all through the eyes and camera of our son-in-law, Danny Gaither.  Obviously, this will be a bit much for other than family and fellow campers.  But it is my site, and this seems to be the best way to disseminate the information.  Therefore, without further adieu, we once again bring you Indiana University’s Camp Brosius, on the shores of Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin, during the first week of August 2011.

[Daughter Jami, crafting.]

[Appears to be Jami, sailing with a Normile.]

[The Normile.]

[The Crafting Biddies.]

[Honorary Biddy Cindy, grandmother to the Normile brothers.]

[Carrie, mother of the Normile brothers.]

[From Karina, grandson Tom’s camp friend.]

[The Biddies euchre defeat was ignominiously posted!]

[“A Star is Born”]

[Danny, the photographer shot by his own camera.]

[The Biddies]

[Tom and Karina]


[The Emperor of Brosius]

[I’ve never been a fan of horses – or their foot attire.]

[The supervisor shoots . . .]

[A ringer?  (For George Clooney?)]

[The supervisor – “nothing but net!”]

[The Empress of Brosius]

[I do not believe Tom and Karina were successful against the home court advantage of the Empress and Emperor.]

[Tom solos.]

[Euchre, a bloodlust sport!]

[Kids in the Roundhouse.]

[Rita on porch with late arrivals – daughter Beth and son-in-law Chris.]

[A contemplative Normile.]

[A contemplative Cub Reporter.]

[Caitlin is a long-time camper, a proud IU alum, and now has the good sense to live in Minneapolis.  😉  ]


[Tom and Karina race doubles.]

[“I am the champion!”]


[Archery champs.]

[Johnny Depp only wishes he had blue Crocs.]

[I believe Brosius robes are available for a small stipend.]

Until next year!

About tomobert63

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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