Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Vacation 2013

So, get ready for the Vacation Photo BOMB!!!!
At the end of June, we enjoyed a wonderful Saturday to Saturday stay at Lutsen Resort. We originally booked at Bluefin Bay. Did you hear they had a fire that destroyed 5 units? Bluefin put us up at Lutsen Resort, since our reservation was affected. I can speak for everyone when I say we had a GRAND time. We would recommend this as a fine resort destination for Papa-Nana-Kiddo-Mom-Dad crews like us! 

Nana brought craft projects to keep everyone busy in our Cliffside Townhome. The kids also begged to go to the pool every day, and were delighted for every cloudy afternoon or morning  leading to another hour in the water.
Of course we headed to Grand Marias and shopped at the granddaddy of all Ben Franklin's -Joyner's. We also had the self proclaimed BEST DONUT, ate the fresh catch for lunch at the Angry Trout, and returned to Grand Marias on Friday for Thomberg Family Pizza Night at Sven and Ole's.
Marly and Dean basked on the rocks.
We walked to the light house and spent time on Artists Point.
Mark actually ALMOST totally disconnected from work..... almost....
One rainy afternoon, we went "off roading" on the logging roads in the Superior National Forest. The kids got to enjoy the wild ride in Papa's BMW. We also drank lots of fru fru coffee from the Moondance Coffee House and I am sure I had one along for this wild ride through the woods.
Our off roading lead back to the Sawbill Trail and to the edge of the Boundary Waters.
I strolled solo along this serene lakeside path, and quickly became a Manny's Porterhouse Steak dinner for a zillion hungry mosquitoes.
We hiked the Oberg Loop one sunny morning, and went for lunch at the Coho in Tofte. On Friday the Thomberg's also spent some time at the Temperance River.

What Lutsen vacation is complete with a ride (or 5) down the Alpine Slide?
Dean and Marly are fully aware next year when they are 7 they can ride down alone!
I want to tell you all - MOM IS THE FASTEST, and it doesn't matter which Twinner is riding with me!!!!!
We finally snapped a family photo 5 days in.
We had dinner in the dining room at Lutsen Resort one evening and the kids (okay mostly Dean) became obsessed with the 'Pass the Pigs' game.
Here is Papa eating some sort of custard dessert with lingenberries, with Dean photo bombing!

Mark and I went sea kayaking on Lake Superior, and the resort offered yoga one early evening on the beach.
The hubby and I opted for a Happy Hour brew instead.
At dusk, there were campfires on the beach, and we also caught Naturalists Programs on several evenings about forest fires, moose, and beavers. Oh yes... and then Dean would beg to play checkers in the main lodge every night afterwards. 9 pm... 9:30, 9:45 -- It's not bedtime yet! It's vacation!
On Saturday it was time to bid a fond farewell to Lutsen.
Palisade Point

Good Bye Lake Superior
Good Bye North Shore.

Thank you Nana and Papa for a wonderful vacation.

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