You would think the answer is relax, but we have been very busy this summer! Clearing trees, creating new puppy paths for daily walks with the dogs on our property, renovating this old farm house, and yakking!
"Yakking" - my affectionate term for kayaking - has been a passion of mine for about the last eight years. This summer, I have officially passed the yakking bug over to my 12-year old daughter, Elise. She's become quite good at it too.
|Elise in the background being cool on her kayak|
|Elise's silhouette while watching the sun setting in the west|
|A lone beaver swimming in the setting sun|
We have been doing lots of fishing this summer too. Elise caught a fairly large catfish one evening, and last evening while kayaking, I caught a 12 inch crappie from the same lake.
|Elise focusing on her line|
|Me and the "crappie" - an unfortunate name for a beautiful fish|
When it wasn't too hot, we trekked many miles hiking in various places where Pokemon don't go.
Elise and her sister, Sophie on a family trip.
|Cooling their feet in the creek after a hike|
|A view of the hall from the rose garden on the 70 acre grounds|
|Sophie and Elise in Stan Hywett mansion|
And we have ventured into various craft stores and been silly ...
|Sophie in Pat Catan's bouncing a giant fluff ball on her head ...|
...while a masked Elise watches on
Now we are gearing up for fall training to begin, and that normally begins around Labor Day, but I have little faith that the temps will cool off by then for us to run.
Here's to a great summer and blanket weather ahead!
|A grainy cell phone photo from an evening when it was cool enough to cuddle in a blanket|