Monday, August 06, 2007

Returned from the North Woods

Well, the trip up north was wonderful.

Let's see, cool weather, loons calling, humming birds, good food, lots of wine, fireworks, but mostly time spent laughing and discussing politics, knitting projects, family events, hot flashes and how to deal with them... everything under the sun, really, with three smart, funny, simpatico women. And did I mention lots of wine? It was so great to reconnect.

This is the view from the loft. Kathy is cooking. Gayle is knitting. Betsy was out of range.

Kathy the corporate lawyer is also a complete nut for fireworks. This is the collection she and Gayle put together somewhere between Minneapolis and the cabin. The very large one at the center was called, appropriately enough, "Baby Boomer." We were also particularly fond of the box titled "Shagadelic Mojo".

After the photo we, and the fireworks and the bottle of wine, made our way down to the dock. Betsy and I sat on a bench ashore while Kathy and Gayle set up a row of packages on the dock, then alternately lit fuses and rapidly retreated. We aren't talking Roman Candles and sparklers. These babies were actual skyrockets. It was quite a show. Way to go Kathy and Gayle!

Here's a shot of Willy the Dog Who Likes to Chase Rocks.

I'm kicking myself for not getting pictures of Gayle's show and tell. She brought some very inventive socks (her Knitting Camp "ugly yarn sock contest" entries) which were funky and extremely fun but not at all ugly, and a rather breathtaking pair of cabled socks from a Eunny Jang pattern (90 sts around on size 0 needles). And she got to meet Debby New, one of my personal knitting goddesses.

Final report: no bug bites, no sunburn, two skinned knees (don't ask), and a happy heart.


Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a grand time was had by all. And what a beautiful cabin.

hege said...

That looks like a beautiful place! Sounds like a great time.

kmkat said...

The lake, the photo from the loft, all the pine paneling... it all looks so familiar, even though I know I have never been there. Looks like a great weekend.