Monday, April 12, 2010

Land of 10,000 Lakes



Minnesota happens to be "The land of 10,000 lakes," and it only takes you a few minutes drive from our town to start discovering a few of those lakes. In fact "going to the lake," is synonymous with warm weather around here. So this Sunday, we jumped in the car and headed to Detroit Lakes. It doesn't matter how many times we will make a visit to DL this summer, the one place we will frequent nearly every time, is Zorbaz. Its an iconic eatery in the lakes area and we love it both for the "macho" nachos as well as the pizza.  With a near 70 degree day, no wind and a wide open afternoon, we met Grandpa and Grandma for lunch.

To work off our nachos that did not disappoint us in terms of their macho-ness, we went for a walk along the quiet beach afterwards. The ice has barely gone out of the lake and open fishing doesn't start for weeks.  The water temperature is in the "frigid" range, much to the disappointment of the boys.  In another month or so however, the water will warm up and the beaches will be filled with revelers from all over.

Today it was like having the place to ourselves.  True to their word, notice the boys stuck to their promise to their dad of staying "off of the sand" and technically their feet never left the sidewalk.  Their hands may have raked through the small pebbles for shells, but their feet remained planted.  Really I could only admire their ingenuity.

After a leisurely walk to the fishing pier, we climbed back in the car and slowly wound our way through the lakes and back home.  With a handful of shells, a full tummy and the smell of the lake clinging to my clothes, the pull of the water will beckon again and again these next few months.  I am so ready.




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14 comments:

  1. Shall look forward to more pictures of the lakes! The nachos look sumptuous! I had them once with a cheese dip and it was soooo filling! Love that picture. I even liked the picture where your boys are have their hands in the sand. They look very cute :)

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  2. I see what you mean about the macho nachos. Wow! These are great pictures and that place looks so fun.

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  3. What a lovely outing for the family. Boy, they are very liberal with the jalapeno peppers on the nachos!!

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  4. What a beautiful day! It has been steady rain and wind here. Going to the lake or ocean is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoyed your pictures and look forward to more throughout the season.

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  5. That is a gorgeous place. I would be just like the boys, I would have to at least have my hands in the sand sifting for shells.

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  6. That a great place, VICKY! I love eating outdoors and, having not eaten breakfast yet, my stomach is now SERIOUSLY growling after looking at those macho nachos.

    Looks like a beautiful day - and may I say....you DESERVE nice weather after your winter! Hope you all had a great time.

    Off to celebrate Bo's birthday today. Hope your day is blessed. :)

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  7. We would love to visit such a beautiful place. It's fun to eat outdoors and enjoy the view. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. What a treasure of a place ....

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  9. Such beautiful shots. Isn't it the best when the first few weeks of warm weather appear? Everyone flocks out doors and seems to be so happy!

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  10. You have such great places to eat by lakes. They make for such wonderful outings :)

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  11. That looks like great way to celebrate the warmer temps.

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  12. Vicky...these photos are gorgeous...what a delightful restaurant!
    It's 7:45 and I'm craving nachos!
    It wont be long and it'll be warm enough to boat and swim :)
    xoxo
    Happy Day Sweetie

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  13. Ohhhhh, the photo are so great. What a great ride with the fam.

    Those nachos look fabulous...my kind of food.

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  14. Lots and lots of memories -- best friend memories!!! Birthdays in July Weekends, 4th of July Weekends...We made the most of that town in the summer!!! Glad we have those memories as shared ones...

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