Monday, September 04, 2006

Summer's End

We spent a great weekend up at John's sister & brother-in-law's cottage up in Northern Michigan. We celebrated John's 44th birthday on Sunday which he & Edward completed with a climb up a steep 450 foot dune at sunset. The kids & I caused a small scene by singing Happy Birthday when he arrived at the top and he said that there's nothing like feeling 88 on your 44th birthday! At least he's still funny.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Kayakking on Platte Lake

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Hammocking near Platte Lake

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Games with the Cousins

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Overlooking Lake Michigan

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John's birthday with his sister & brother-in-law at their cottage; half-sisters & Dad from California

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Edward the Great Dune Climber

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Edward made it up in 9 minutes, 7 seconds. John took about 25 minutes. Regular people take about 45 minutes.

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Waiting for Sunset

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The End.


Mother said...

Your pictures are beautiful and it looks as though you had a great time. Tell Johnny HAPPY BIRTHDAY. We thought of him on his special day but failed to send our greetings.

Gracie said...

Wow--what glorious pictures of what looks like a fabulous weeken. (But, technically, summer doesn't end for a few more weeks and i'm gonna try to squeeze every last available moment out of it!!)

Happy Birthday John!!

Jewels said...


John was so happy you were thinking of him!

Yes, summer is OVER now, the kids are in school :)

Maeghan said...

Happy Birthday John!

Wow ... the dunes looks deceiving on picture. Never would have thought it'd take me 45 min to get back up ... well, maybe longer.
Love the pictures!

Jewels said...

Hi Maeghan,

Yes, it would probably take me about 2 days!

Bob said...

What a great weekend. The kayaking looks like a blast. Michigan has so many cool, beachy places! Happy birthday to John, too!

Jewels said...


We are the Great Lakes State, after all.