Ouch. It literally hurt to get out of bed this morning. At 4:30am. Oy.
After being on Shuswap Standard Time for the past two weeks, it almost killed me to wake up to the sound of an alarm..... But until I win the lotto, showing up at the ol' salt plant four days a week is on my agenda. Boooooo for work!
The lake vacation was definitely a nice break from the grind. Eleven of us enjoyed the Cooke Family cabin - the Simpsons and half of their brood, plus all three of Chris's girls (and a couple of stragglers - haha) joined us for the first week, and then it was just Michelle, Norm, Chris and I for the second week. Wow - what to do, what to do?!
Here is some of the story of our holiday, in pictures.....
|Gorgeous, rugged Shuswap shoreline.|
|The kids, chillin'.|
|This bald eagle and his buddy hung out in a tree|
next to the cabin one morning.
|The Delburne gang on the beach.|
|The other half of the gang on the spanky new dock.|
|Some teeny weeny wildlife!|
|The boys get introduced to tubing.....|
|....this ended much like it looks like it's going to end!|
|Beauty evening on the beach!|
|It's pretty handy when the daughters bring their boyfriends!|
|The boys pitched in with the water line repairs.|
|They look like beachcombers on the walk back from the spring.|
|Beach fire..... Oooops - you didn't hear that from me, folks....|
|Drinks on the dock.|
|Our horseshoe pit supervisor.|
|An after dinner sup!|
|The fun little neighbor showed us all of his kneeboarding tricks.|
|A lovely day for a boat ride!|
|Herald Beach Park|
|Let's go for a hike, shall we?|
|Me and my posse.....|
|Boys will be boys....|
|Amazing foliage on the way to Margaret Falls, where|
Jordan and Jonas braved the icy water.....
|Near the Narrows, on the Seymour Arm,|
we stopped at Unnamed falls.
|"If Jonas were to fall, then it could be|
called Jonas Falls!" - Norm Simpson
|Gotta love the floating stores!|
|Woot! Cliff jumping at the Indian Paintings.|
Can you spot Jonas?
After the children left, it was just us four boring adults. So we golfed, toured some wineries, played tons of games, had a few beverages, and in general had a fantastic time!
|I have to brag here for a minute....|
My shot of the day.... Hyde Mountain....
hole #14.... I landed 'er less than a foot
from the pin!
|Supper after the round - check out the view!|
|Night lights in the channel.|
|Fore! What we didn't do to entertain ourselves....|
|Be afraid.... I am actually driving the boat....|
|We learned a lot about grapes! Mmmmm.... Wine....|
|This was a really yummy white - love the name!|
|Larch Hills - the highest elevation vineyard in North America.|
|Cheers! (There was a lot of this by the way).|
|Not sure what was happening here. Some of|
us look much happier than the others....
|Yes that's right... nearly +35 Celsius IN THE SHADE!|
|He's such a trooper... didn't win a|
game but kept on tryin'.....
|Ahhhhhh, life is good!|
|Until next time!|
So in the blink of an eye, yet another holiday has whizzed right by. It was fabulous, all of it - the people, and the places - and I'm so looking forward to the next one! Thanks so much Chris, Norm, Michelle, and the offspring (Nichole, Lindsay and Jonas, Kristen and Jordan, Janelle and Ty) for an awesome Shuswap vacay!