Well, we have returned from Cass Lake with more than a few pictures to share. As usual, I had to pare it down for blog purposes, but plan to have a hefty Facebook album in the near future with more pics – for those who care and have a Facebook account. The rest of you – too bad!
When we arrived at Cass Lake, it was a beautiful day – perfect for setting up our new tent! Avery and I were going to be staying in the tent for one night as my parents weren’t coming until the next day with their motorhome. So we needed a bigger tent to fit all 4 of us. We got our campsite all set up and settled in. Suddenly some dark clouds came rollin’ in that no one seemed to think looked too threatening. So we all sat around in our camp chairs and put the boats in thinking that nothing was going to happen. Suddenly out of nowhere the wind picked up and you could literally SEE the storm moving quickly towards us across the lake. We all jumped up and ran into Danny and Kim’s Winnebago before the storm hit our campsites. It was kind of funny at first because we all had to really book it to cram into the tiny Winnie. Then we noticed that Patty the Pontoon was not properly secured in the water and was on the move. So Eric, Chandler and Eric’s friend Jason raced to the shore to rescue Patty. The rest of us stayed in the Winnie to keep warm and dry until we noticed that the tents were starting to go. So then Lisa and Kelli ran out to save their tent. I stayed in the Winnie and just assumed that our tent was fine – it was new, after all. So I didn’t really think much of it. I actually had thought about laying Avery down for bed right before the storm hit, but decided to keep her up since she was on vacation. So the storm had a lull and we all got out to assess the damage. There were tree branches and twigs everywhere. Then we walked over to our campsite to see how our tents were. Here is what we found – our brand new tent completely upside down with all our gear inside. Yep, 400 or so pounds of our crap wasn’t enough to hold the tent down. And apparently a 20 pound baby girl wouldn’t have held it down either. Her pack and play was completely upside down! Good thing I didn’t lay her down before!!
Our tent had been set up right were I was standing. It was damaged in the storm – one of the sides ripped. We actually didn’t have too much water on the inside of the tent. A few things got wet, but it really wasn’t as bad as it looked. Of course, the item that got the most wet was my Perfect Pillow which is pretty much like a sponge when it comes in contact with water. It took 3 days for the dang thing to dry out! Grrrrrr. So, all in all, a great way to start out the week! Ha!
Here is one of many trees that fell during the storm. The next morning on our run, we came across 5 trees laying on the bike trail. It was crazy that it was that windy!
I like to get fancy for camping. I know that everyone was jealous of my ruffles.
And here are the pictures of Avery and Easton’s Cass Lake baptism. We lucked out again as the weather was great that day and not so much the rest of the trip!
Here is Avery with Grandpa Danny. Notice how Avery kept a stone face for pretty much the entire baptism.
Dejavu anyone? Look familiar??? We were not able to have the same views as our wedding (not that you can tell that much) because the island was quite busy with other boaters and swimmers. For those that know me well, thats the reason I have a crabby, forced smile on my face. These dang people were ruining my photos!!!
Easton, his parents and his godparents.
Couldn’t get Dylan to take pictures with us for very long. Immediately following these pictures, he threw himself into the water totally squashing my hopes for a re-creation of one of wedding photos that had the 3 of us walking hand in hand on the beach. I had wanted one with the 4 of us, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Between the drenched child and the random dogs and people on the island – it just wasn’t going to happen.
Avos had had enough!
Dylan learned to ride without training wheels while we were at Cass Lake! First he went with just one training wheel and then he decided to try with NO training wheels and took right off. He’s officially a big boy now!!
This was the last day at Cass Lake. We went on a marathon boat ride and trip to Star Island. Dylan was so tired he actually fell asleep on the tube behind the boat. It was definitely time to end the week at Cass, I guess! Time to get back to reality and our normal schedules!
Think that’s about it for the blog post on Cass. As I said above, I’ll post a giant album of pictures of Facebook and will let the pictures tell the story that was Cass Lake 2010.