Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm Melting

We've been dealing with a heat wave for what seems like ages here. It's been over 85 before 10 a.m. and hasn't gotten cooler in the evenings, so we've been waking up early and walking a couple miles before vegging the rest of the day.

Luckily, my sister came to visit for a couple days, so I had a reason to get out of the house after our morning walk.
Barley loves to be silly with her Aunt L.
When Linds got to town on Wednesday, we went to lunch at a local BBQ restaurant in the harbor and I showed her the sights near my campus.

The lift bridge went up while we were in the harbor, so she saw everything!
Then we spent the evening tasting wine at a couple local wineries.  The South River Vineyard has a gorgeous patio that overlooks the vineyard, so we sat and tasted a few wines before moving on to the Debonne Winery.  There were hot air balloons rides at Debonne that evening, so we got to watch them fill the balloon while listening to a band play.  It was a hot night to sit outside and we were disgusting by the time we were done sampling, but I'd say it was a good night despite the heat!
Did I mention South River is in an old church?
Who wouldn't want to drink wine here?
Debonne gave us Goldfish with our tasting!

After an intense post-winery night of Wii Tennis and Archery, we went to bed to get ready for our early morning walking adventures.  We left the house early so we could park at the State Park and then walked down to Madsen Donuts in Geneva-on-the-Lake.  They've been in business for decades (since 1938 according to their sign) and I'd heard they were good.  From the State Park, it was only about 3/4 of a mile to the store.  As soon as we could see the store, we could smell the donuts on the sidewalk!  They were just as good as they smelled, but we exerted will power and didn't eat them until we got back to the park where we got some coffee out of the car and sat by the lake to eat our donuts.  

The majority of our plans involved eating, so I took Linds to the Great Lake Brewing Company for dinner on Thursday.  We were going to do a brewery tour first, but our tour got canceled, so we opted to just do dinner.
Linds is excited to start her sampling.
One sample of everything on tap :)
Linds got to enjoy the beer sampler with her dinner.  Since I have had most of their beers, I was excited to order two I hadn't tried before.  The 25th anniversary Silver & Gold was good, but I adored the Ales for ALS White IPA.  It was full of spices, like coriander, and tasted sort of like a summer version of a pumpkin ale.  
I highly recommend the pretzel chicken and Ales for ALS!
Friday morning was another early morning for us.  We had to show Linds Squire's Castle, so we hopped in the car and got to the park before it got too hot.  We did a great 3-mile hike in the woods behind the castle and then did a princess photo shoot.  Barley didn't slay any dragons, but she did get to laugh as her Aunt L jumped when a tiny snake slithered across the trail.

Aunt L and Barley are two of the prettiest princesses.
Barley loved taking selfies.

After the castle, Linds had to get back on the road to get home to her pup.  We were sad to see Linds go, but it seems that she took the sweltering temperatures with her, so we have no complaints about that.  We got a huge thunderstorm on Friday night that cooled things down a lot.  It was still warm during the days, but we were able to get in two good walks Saturday and today.

This afternoon, we took a great walk from one end of the trail to the other at the State Park for a total of 4 miles.  We got a glimpse of the start of the sunset and saw a baby bunny alongside the trail.  I'd also like to give a big shout out to the bikers and runners using the trail tonight.  Almost every single one gave us a heads up as they passed, which made our walk even more enjoyable.
We had this gorgeous view when we stopped for a water break. 
My pup was so excited to get water!

Such a tiny bunny!
Starting to get a little nervous about meeting this month's goal . . . 
Hope that everyone else has been staying cool!

1 comment:

  1. I had SO much fun with you! You are a pretty princess, too :-) And sneaky! i didn't even know you took a pic of your dinner haha! Thanks for having me! I wish you would have kept the hot weather.....