Saturday, July 3, 2010

Week In The Woods

We spent our vacation relaxing for a week camping at Gilbert Lake. The cabins are surprisingly affordable, and roomy enough to accommodate Uncle Baci, Aunt Liz and Uncle Cookie as well!

Jeff and Alecia were camping in the tent area, so Maya and Gabriella got to stop by for a visit.

The park not only offers a beautiful beach and trails to explore, but all sorts of wildlife to spot. We saw frogs, birds, a beaver, and this little guy who I later found out was slightly poisonous, but only if you eat them.

Luckily, Melissa and Uncle Baci had dinner ready, so we just let him run free.

Although our cabin had electricity, a full kitchen, a toilet and a great fireplace, it did not have hot water, or a bathtub, (the shower station was about a half mile away) so Melissa heated some water on the stove and Graham got a taste of how they did it in the olden days.

Grandma and Grandpa lent us their paddle boat so we could tour the lake in style. Needless to say I was the only one who paddled it.

The campsite is also pet friendly, so the pups got to come along as well, which was nice because it's always nice to have a snuggle buddy in bed on a chilly night!

Speaking of bedtime cuddles, Graham had some fun wake ups with Uncle Cookie-

caught a few hand fulls of morning sun with Mommy-

and even got some quiet time with Lizzie-

Mid-week Grandma and Grandpa (and Scout!) came up for dinner to help celebrate my birthday.
Here we are sporting our stylish bear tee shirts Melissa made us for this years vacation theme!

Grandma even made me a swiss roll cake. This is a chocolate cake sheet, filled with homemade whipped cream and rolled, and then topped with chocolate ganache. It's basically like a giant Ho-Ho and it's fantastic!

The following day Aunt June, Jaci and Uncle Robin stopped by to play and give Robin a chance to show off his excellent castle making skills.

Here's a nice picture of Melissa taken by Graham-

Here Aunt Lizzie waits paitently for "Uncle Yeti" who was rumored to be roaming the deep woods...

Before we knew it the week had passed us by and it was time to hit the trail home.

Being so close and affordable, we're sure to be doing this again next year.

Let us know if you'd like to join us!

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