Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lake Side

Vacations are great to take but it always seems so difficult to get back into the swing of things! I've missed lots of updates for my summer knit along and my normal Sunday Snapshots but I'm determined to get back on track here. My week of vacation was beautiful! and relaxing! So it's time to start cracking the whip again.

My week started out with the long drive from Chicago to Minneapolis. After staying with my parents for the night we drove up Cass Lake, MN where we would be staying on Star Island.

Star Island has the very cool feature of having a lake INSIDE an island. Because it's an island you have to take a ferry to get there. 

the ferry on the dock

Camp Unistar is a beautiful, secluded, rustic family camp run by the Prairie Star UU (Unitarian Universalist) District. I've been going here since I was a young child. Four generations of my family have spent time here. This year my aunt, husband and three young children came along with my husband and I. 

This building is the lodge, the largest building in camp. It is also where my husband and I stayed for the week. There are five other cabins each spread throughout camp. All of the cabins have running water (indoor plumbing!) and electricity but are blissfully free of tv, internet and other real world distractions.

 view from the front steps of the lodge

surrounded by beautiful lake front, nature and hiking trails there are many activities to take part in including cannoning, sailing, kayaking, swimming and hiking. You also can just sit back and read, knit, write or my personal favorite, practice the art of doing nothing. 

This porch swing is one of my all time favorite spots to knit, talk, and relax.

as a city girl its such a pleasure to get out into nature. It was was so soothing to fall asleep to the sound of water lapping the shore each night. 

One of my most loved activities was laying out on the dock. I got to get in some time sunning myself like a little lizard. Stocking up on my deficient Vitamin D, reading, relaxing and getting some color while I'm at it.

it's hard not to wish this was every day.

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