DH and I got back yesterday from a week in Minnesota with my family. My one sister lives in Ely and the rest of the family came from Ohio. It wasn't everybody, but almost. We shared a 3 bedroom/2 bath cabin at Timber Trail Lodge. It overlooked Farm Lake. We had our own fire pit and boat dock. We made a fire every night and some nights, roasted marshmallows for smores or just plain marshmallows. We also had cook outs. Other nights we made my mother's version of spaghetti sauce, which was yummy. Almost everyone took turns making breakfast. We rented paddle boats and one day, my sister rented a pontoon boat to take us around the other lakes. It is absolutely beautiful there - so quiet and serene. We loved to listen to the loons at night. My little grand niece has gotten pretty good at imitating them. We had a pretty large group of baby ducks around our dock. We also saw several deer and the last night we were there, we saw a doe with 2 babies. They were so cute! This was the first time that we all sat around the dinner table and enjoyed a meal together. When I go back to Ohio for visits, it's usually just a pot luck and we don't actually sit down to a meal. It was great. We discovered a fun game called Pocket Farkle. That provided hours of fun for adults and children alike. All of us went to tour a local mine that stopped production in the early 60's. It was fascinating. Of course, we also did a little shopping. Oh, I almost forgot, my sisters, nieces, and grand niece went to the Ely 4th of July parade. OMG, it was the most fun parade I've ever been to. They know how to have fun. The kids got a ton of candy, CD's, books, balls, etc., that were tossed out to the crowd. I even got a hug from a man dressed as a woman! LOL The weather was great, but heated up the last 2 days. We only had a couple of small showers. We took walks, ate and LAUGHED A LOT!!! I, for one, really needed that. I know that many of us said this was the best vacation we have ever had. I took a lot of pictures and am about to download them now. They only real mishap was when my sister knocked my niece's cell phone in the water and I had to fish it out with a shovel! LOL She said she needs a new one anyway. There was no TV, radio, or even cell phone reception, except in town. We also visited a goat farm that was down the road and were given a sample of goat milk. It's not bad! The goat milk is used to make goat milk soap, so we had to buy some as gifts. We even met the goat that is the 'cover girl' on the label.
Unfortunately, I was not able to meet with Lauri. I didn't have access to my email and she had sent me her phone number to call, but I didn't get it until I got home. DH and I visited the Mall of America while waiting for our return flight. WOW, what a place! We were there for 1 1/2 hours and only walked around one floor. It's amazing and so many people there. Now it's back to 'reality' and final treatments. We have wonderful memories and pictures from this family vacation.
L & H,