Last Saturday we ventured up north to Kate's uncle's cabin for a long weekend. Last year our group was small with only eight people, but with the addition of a few significant others and planning ahead our group grew to thirteen people this year.
After weeks of 90 degree heat you would think a trip a couple hours north the temperature would cool off enough to be bearable. It cooled off quite a bit and we ended up wearing hooded sweatshirts and jeans a majority of the weekend.
Here is the entire group. Back row: Le, Elysia, Kate, Heather, Kasie and Shanna. Front row: Jeff, Jachin, Ty, Nick, David, Sara and Patrick.
Of course we had plenty of food. Elysia brought an enormous batch of pasta salad, Jachin brought brats and sausages from Kramarczuk's Deli, Jeff brought some venison for sandwiches and Kate made Tator Tot Dish. Since we received CSA vegetables the Thursday before our trip we brought the tomato cucumber salad, a watermelon and homemade pico de gallo.
Jachin found his sleeping spot outside again. He is the perfect friend to bring along; no fighting with him about where to sleep and he does a great job of getting the bonfire started each night.
On Sunday morning it was pretty windy and cold so we decided that we were going to take a trip into town. Not everyone had met Paul Bunyon's girlfriend Lucette yet, so that was must since there is a huge shrine to her in Hackensack.
There was an auction going on in Hackensack, so we checked that out. We also stopped at the Hackensack essentials: The Sweet Shop and the playground. The auction had a concession stand with walking tacos so a few of us had those for lunch. After our little adventure in Hackensack we went on towards Walker to see if anything was going on there. We ended up splitting into two groups. Half of the group went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch and the rest of us went to a bar to watch the Twins game.
As we were leaving Walker the sun was shining and it seemed warm. When we got back to the cabin the wind storm returned, but a few people were troopers and went into the lake anyway.
Ty and Le were leaving that night so we had a little tournament of bean bags and ladder golf before they left. Elysia made the brackets and somehow she and David ended up winning both events:).
Kate had picked blueberries the week before in the Apostle Islands, so us girls had Blueberry Raspberry pie for dessert one night.
On Monday we discovered if you move away from the cabin the weather was much nicer. The campground next door had a wide open field, we had three footballs and eleven people, so we took advantage and played a game of touch football.
Here is Team Tumor, in honor of Lucette's tumor on her hip.
And here is team Bunyon, in honor of Paul.
Team Tumor ended up dominating Team Bunyon. Kasie was voted MVP and played with no shoes. It was intense. It ended up being a day of activities: football in the morning, volleyball and swimming in the afternoon and golf in the evening.
David, Heather, Elysia and Nick left on Monday evening. The rest of us stuck around until Tuesday. Tuesday ended up being the day the wind finally calmed down and ended up being the nicest day of the entire trip.