We jumped at the chance to visit our neighbor's lake last week. We can't seem to get enough. We shoved swimsuits and towels, sunscreen and snacks into the Prius and drove a quick 45 minutes to the lake. We had to be back for hockey at 6.
As soon as we arrived at the cabin we jumped in the boat with a gaggle of kids and headed for a hidden adventure known to the locals as "the island." The secret hidden amongst the trees is a rope swing. A platform with two differing heights has been built into the side of the hill. You make your way up the steep embankment and choose your fate. The lower platform for the adventurous ones, or the top platform for the daredevils.
With my small camera, it was a challenge to catch all the action. I managed a few well timed shots. Colton, who is even below adventurous on the platform scale, delighted in the soft sand, burying his feet and wiggling his toes. We left the island with a promise to return one day.
We rode back to the cabin where I put my camera down, climbed on a floatie and drank in the sun. The time flew by. The kids skipped rocks. They found clams and shells in the water. Nolan swam. Colton waded. And both had to be dragged away when it was time to leave.
It was a wonderfully relaxing afternoon. We felt so lucky to be invited down. Thank you to the Mohr family for allowing us to enjoy a small slice of your lake paradise. And allowing us to escape the memory laden rooms of our house for yet another day.
Colton: Mom, if we get another dog, I have the perfect name.
Me: Really, what?
C: How about Dakota II.
Me: (Big gulp) Um, no. Do you have any others names?
C: Yes, how about "Christopher" (his little friend's name)
Me: (giggling now): Um, I don't think so... think of some of your favorite things and maybe you'll come up with a good one...
C: Okay, I've got it! TARGET! You said favorites, and Target is my favorite store.
Me: Uhhhh, well, maybe. We'll think about it okay?