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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunrise... Sunset...


Caught no fish in the bay last night, but caught this sunset.


Awoke this morning to a frosty sunrise. It was 85 degrees a few days ago, 29 degrees and frost this morning. Welcome to the U.P.


Things changed overnight, and we are driving back to Chicago for a few days. Another reminder to make them all count.

Shag Lake sunrise panorama [click to enlarge]

Monday, May 28, 2012

Olive Palooza - 2012 Memorial Day Edition

Olive's 4th annual appearance at Big Shag Lake

Memorial Day marks the end of a long holiday weekend and some among us need to get back to work. Harlan and Jonah head out early, but not before we gathered for a group family photo:


Wendy, Erik and Karl also left shortly thereafter. Everyone except Karl failed to write an entry in the camp journal, and are hereby chastised.

The house was starting to feel a little empty, but it filled right back up with a visit from Olive, Emily and Matt. Of course, Olive fills the house all by herself with a near fatal dose of adorableness.

Without further ado - Ladies and gentlemen, for the fourth consecutive year I give you the ...

2012 Edition of Olive Palooza!

Dr. Olive inspects Mom's eyesight.


Olive and Katie like "The Lorax"

Jeff updates FaceBook

Olive and Kristy laugh at Uncle Mike

Jeff indoctrinates Olive into the Steve Jobs cult.
It's never too early to start.


Olive likes pizza.

The pizza was good, but the most significant event of the day - Olive's first boat ride!


Olive likes the pink boat.

"Let's Go!"

Jeff and Katie do the honors.

Olive likes to steer. In circles.

Olive wants a pink boat.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Moving the Dock - Part Deux

As the U.P. drought continues, after record low snowfall this winter, as the water continues to recede, we find we must continue to move the dock out to keep it functional. Roy and Jeff moved it out 10 feet to the water's edge with the initial opening installation earlier this year.


It wasn't enough. As the water continued to recede, we find we need to move the dock again. Fortunately, with a lot of help at camp, it did not take long.

Not much time at all.








Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Work Crew


The big project on Saturday was to grade, rock pick, seed and straw the grounds surrounding the cottage. It's amazing how much work gets done when you have a virtually unlimited supply of slave labor unpaid interns.




Everybody pitched in for the last few tasks to help bring the New Improved Family Cottage close to normal.

The other big improvement - for the first time since Grandma Neumann's hand crank washer/wringer, we have a washer and dryer at Camp. In related news, the Gwinn laundromat files for bankruptcy.

Our resident Kenmore appliance expert oversees the delivery and installation.

Of course, the women folk love the new washer and dryer:
Staring in admiration and gratitude.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gathering of the Clan

Jeff and Katie arrived Sunday; Robyn and Roy on Monday; Dad and I arrived Wednesday; Harlan and Jonah on Thursday; Wendy, Kristy, Erik on Friday; then Karl and Brian early Saturday. It's a full house. We are considering this a stress test of the new septic system.

Even with the new addition, sleeping arrangements were a challenge

Kristy learned that air mattresses work better if the valve is closed.

Friday Fish Fry at Jack's Hideaway


The locals could not be happier to see papa back in town


Not all in the clan were happy to see each other ...

Apparently Delilah and Gryff disagreed about who owns the Shag Lake turf.

The clan gathers for dinner at camp...

Slow cooked Boeuf Bourguignon by Harlan, sea shell pasta shrimp salad by Wendy, mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy by Robyn, corn and more. It was a fantastic feast. I've given up trying to get a good expression on everyone at the same time on self timed group shots. This was the best we could do.

UPDATE: Ripped Harlan's much better pics for the clan feast:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Brewmaster in training

Second edition of BBR (Beer by Roy) - an IPA.  

all in all a commendable effort, but lacking the complexity of Big Shag Big Stout or Escanaba Pale Belgium Ale.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rolling North

First things first.

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