Normally around this time of year each summer we head to our condo in Hilton Head Island to spend time with family and friends during our annual summer vacation. Due to the stresses inherent in traveling with an infant less than two months old, The Wife asked that we not travel to our usual vacation location this year. Being that I truly believe vacation is a necessary part of any individual’s healthy work life and the fact that I love spending time with my family on trips, I suggested we come to some sort of compromise. This year we headed 2.5 hours west of the Metro to Norway Lake in the town of New London, MN and adjacent to Sibley State Park.
Below you will find a series of photos I took with my mobile phone (I am so very disappointed that I forgot my real camera) and processed with Instagram. While the quality is definitely not the best, I believe that these five photos really capture the joy we experienced on the lake over the last week. At the bottom, I have transcribed the entry I wrote in the cabin’s visitor journal so that our friend, who was gracious enough to allow us use of her cabin for a week, could live vicariously through our photos and journal entry for years to come.
Guest Sign Inn (sic) (Who): Kim, Bill, Billy, Cassidy
Visiting from (Where): Apple Valley, MN
Date (When) arrived: 7/21/2012 departed 7/27/2012
Purpose of your trip (Why): Summer Vacation 2012!
How I (we) traveled: Two cars b/c we had so much stuff!
The weather / temperature was: Hot & humid for the first 4.5 days (90s) and cooler (70s) for the rest of the week.
What I (we) did: Read books (Bill read 4, Kim 1 + many magazines, Billy (many, many times over)), fished, swam, listened to music, cooked/ate, napped, watch the sunset (gorgeous almost every night!), played w/toys, took lots of photos, went to New London & Willmar, caught bugs.
People I met: Next door neighbor on the 1st weekend.
Places I would recommend (restaurants, favorite meals, sites, shopping, entertainment): McKale’s in New London. We’d eaten there once before in 2003 during a trip to Sibley State Park. Had breakfast there again this week. Cute diner, friendly people, inexpensive.
Favorite moments / special highlights (fun): The best things for Bill were the absolutely stunning sunsets. Two of them were breathtaking. Also enjoyed throwing Billy off the dock & watching him swim back to the ladder time & time again. Kim’s was watching Bill, Billy, & Buddy silhouetted against the sunset while the three boys watched Billy’s 1st sunset. Billy’s favorite things: Blueberries for Sal, finding a toy rake in the lake, playing w/the large selection of brooms, playing w/the vacuum, and especially swimming in the lake while admiring the many boats.
While owning a cabin of our own is a lifelong dream we hope to someday soon realize, we were so very honored and excited to be allowed to enjoy this cute cabin on Norway Lake this year. It just makes us hope & dream that much harder.
The weather was gorgeous, the cabin adorable, & the memories unforgettable!
Thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise w/us!
Bill, Kim, Billy, Cassidy Roehl
Did you take a summer vacation this year or are you planning to? If so what did you do or what will you do? Do you own your own cabin? How much time do you spend there every year? Have you ever taken a week or more at a time? Part of my dream is to spend entire summers there, working while I do, to get the most out of the space. What is your dream for your summer vacation location(s)? What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re on vacation (read, relax, cook, etc)? Whatever you have to say go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.