The kids enjoyed the UP so much last year, we decided to take the same route this year on our way to Big Sand. The pictures and people may look the same as last year, but the memories are all new!
We broke up the ten hour trip from Grand Rapids to Ashland with an extended lunch break on the shores of Lake Superior. The kids enjoyed wading and stretching out their cramped legs on this fairly warm and humid day.
At the Americinn in Ashland, WI we again enjoyed the giant lawn games. The
beanbag pillow toss was actually quite hard!
Enjoying lunch on the patio while taking a break from swimming in the indoor Splashland water park.
The bay was quite rough both days we were in Ashland, but we were finally able to use the paddle boats the last evening when the wind died down a little.
|Do you think one side might be a tad heavier?|
|Playing with the driftwood on the shore.|
This year we also utilized the bikes that the hotel offered. We were only able to reserve three, so Seth, Anna, and Caleb rode ahead of us on a bike path that goes around the bay. The rest of us walked and enjoyed watching the birds--bald eagles and orioles. I was surprised how much all of the kids enjoyed browsing the antique shops in downtown Ashland. We didn't buy anything, but we had fun looking. Ashland Bay Days were just getting started when we left on Saturday. We did walk through a few artist tents on Friday evening while live bands played, but the fun things like sailboat races were scheduled for later on Saturday and we were well on our way to Park Rapids by then!
|A young bald eagle. We were not sure what bird this was until we saw two bald eagles around it and a kind lady told us that young bald eagles do not have white heads right away.|
|Down at the beach at sunset.|