Wednesday, October 16, 2019

July 1-8, 2019 Week at the marina with Pete

On Monday, July 1, we flew back to Georgia.  Uneventful flights.
Spent Tuesday regrouping and orienting Pete to the boat and marina.  I even got him into a card game on game night.

On Wednesday, we drove to Green Cove Springs.  We were able to register our dinghy, as mentioned earlier.  We were able to get all of Pete’s packages into the Dodge Caravan that we rented.
The marina had a July 4th lunch on Thursday.  They provided hot dogs, hamburgers, and the fixings.  The boaters filled in the rest with an awesome potluck.  That night, the city fireworks were right across the water from our marina.  I love the reflection of fireworks on the water. 

We spent time at the storage unit on Friday.  Dave and I sorted through things that could be organized or given away.  Pete went through the totes we have been storing since 2012 and emptied a few.  We unpacked his boxes and decided what could be stored and what needed to be available for him to access as needed.  We were all very proud to still have room to spare in the storage unit. 
There was a crab fest in the park next to the marina on Saturday.  We had to have lunch at the food trucks.  We delivered several things to Goodwill.  That made room in the van to find a bicycle for Pete, his mode of transportation for now. 

On Sunday, we had a play day.  After church, we drove to St Simon’s Island.  We had a late lunch at Iguana’s, our favorite restaurant.  They really know how to cook shrimp.  A walk on the pier and the beach always rejuvenates our souls. Pete loved the ocean breeze. 
On Saturday and Sunday, Dave reviewed several things on the boat with Pete that needed to be maintained while we are away.
On Monday, we finished packing and tied up loose ends.

June 28-30, 2019 Weekend in Minneapolis

Friday, Sat, Sun, June 28-30
We drove to Minneapolis after saying good-bye to Alice.  We met Dave’s niece, Dena and family for lunch at an all you can eat sushi restaurant.  Yummy!  Always nice to see them.  Then we went to Joe and Erin Clausen’s for the weekend. 
Malachi, Dena, Julianna and her friend
Pete and I spent time on Saturday looking for sandals for him in the area.  He had been wearing size 14 just to get the width he needed.  Most stores carried up to 13.  We finally found a store especially for big and wide feet.   He is actually a size 12 EEEEEE. 
We had dinner at the Clausen’s with Joe’s brother and mother.  
Always fun to hang out with the Clausen’s before flying out.

June 26,-27 2019 Bayfield, WI and Madeline Island

Wednesday, June 26
Today we drove to Bayfield, WI and Madeline Island in Lake Superior.  Debbie, Dean, David and Cindy in one car,  Dave, Alice, Peter and I in the another.  We arrived early, so we found a smoked fish shop and had a snack on their deck outside.  Our fingers smelt great all day.  Then we all met for lunch before taking the ferry to Madeline Island.  On the island, a few people rented scooters, others toured the island by car.  Then we all met at Tom’s Burnt Down Cafe.  I guess this place burnt down years ago.  They put up tents and kept it going.  Crazy place.  It was a 2 1/2 hour drive back to Cumberland watching for deer the entire way.  It was great to see “big water” and sailboats.



Thursday, June 27
We spent the day with Alice then had a bratwurst feed at her apartment.  Louie’s local meat market has all kinds of brats and fixings.  Have to go there at least once.

June 22-25, 2019 Cumberland,WI and Forrest Lake, MN

Saturday, June 22
We left SD for Wisconsin this morning.  Dave’s mom lives in Cumberland, WI.  We arrive there in time for ribs at his Alice’s.  Dave’s sister, Debbie, stopped by to say hello.  We turned in early at the Island Inn hotel.
Sunday, June 23
We had a nice spaghetti dinner at Debbie’s.  Besides Debbie and Alice, Debbie’s son and wife, David and Cindy, were there, and Dean, Dave’s brother, and Randy, Debbie’s SO.
Monday, June 24
Pete and I went to Rice Lake, WI, about 20 minutes away, to ship the last of his belongings.  We also went to see the new Aladdin movie with Will Smith as Aladdin.  We really enjoyed it.  We both felt like Pete was 10 years old again.  Lots of memories.

Tuesday, June 25
The family all gathered at the Lakeside Restaurant for breakfast together.  Then Pete and I drove to Wyoming, MN to see my college friend, Stephanie Larson Stec.  Pete was about to get an appointment at her dental office to have his teeth examined and cleaned.  No cavities!! 
Then we helped Stephanie plants and products from their apple farm to take to a Farmer’s Market in Forest Lake.  We helped her and a friend set up, helped great people for awhile, ate at the food trucks, and headed back before dark.  Another fun day!

Dean, Alice, Pete

Dave, Debbie, Dean, Alice
Pete, David, Cindy