Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Minocqua Vacation 2014

We always look forward to the beginning of summer because it means vacation is imminent!  Our 9th annual week long vacation to Minocqua was better than ever this year.  With new accommodations, we also had access to a private beach on Lake Minocqua that was a hit with everyone.  Despite it being the rainiest week we remember spending in Minocqua, we still managed to hit up the beach daily (by far the kids' favorite part of vacation) for swimming and playing in the sand.  We already can't wait to go back again next year!

Inside the lake home...and yes, Finn got to come along this year!

The view of Lake Minocqua from the second story deck

All the kids are ready for a ride on Grandpa's boat










The kids couldn't wait to go tubing and requested that Grandpa give them a wild ride!

Olivia preferred a more tame version of tubing.







Breaks at the cabin almost always involved Uncle Chris reading the to the littles.

Thankfully, we had a few more readers to give him a break once in a while.





Breakfast at Paul Bunyan is a must!


The donuts are our favorite!


You can always find what you are looking for while shopping in downtown Minocqua...even a matching hat!

The dogs on their first ever boat ride.

They seemed happy, but we're not sure it was really their favorite pastime.








The dogs after a long walk

Annual spaghetti dinner

Zach's favorite picture in the small history center along the Bearskin Trail leading to downtown Minocqua...it's a picture of a derailed train.

Playing at the park in downtown Minocqua



Hot dogs and slushies after a morning at the park


The spectacular fishing spot where there were no shortage of fish to be caught!

The kids were catching bigger fish than Ben or I had ever caught (not that we should be bragging about our fishing abilities or anything!)

We think they were catching Bass

And some sunfish too.



It's actually quite a miracle that no one fell in...and that Ben was able to de-hook all those fish and re-hook all those worms.

This was the biggest fish caught...it actually almost snapped Allie's little Disney Princess fishing pole.

Campfires and smores! 





Rainy Day activity #1:  Exploring the history of Minocqua at the local museum, complete with model trains

The kids also learned how to use and read Morse Code

And they sat in a replica of a one room school house


Zach was excited to try on this old football helmet.

And it should come as no surprise that Allie chose to pose at the teacher's desk in the one room school house!




Visiting the Thirsty Whale for lunch

Horseback riding!

Olivia talked the ENTIRE 30 minutes we were atop that horse. 


Go-Karts!



And more fishing...except the fish were a little smaller this time around.




Rainy Day Activity #2:  BOWLING!





Obviously, I was not gifted with the ability to bowl...even with bumpers!

Celebrating Daddy's birthday with ICE CREAM!









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