I'll hit the pavement for a walk in a while, so I am enjoying my morning vegging out in front of the screen here. I watch less and less TV all the time. I just don't need the noise so much. (I wrote this in the morning, I went for the walk!)
Last week, I had the chance to make 2 day trips: one to Duluth for a dog show and one to Bayfield for a supposed berry picking venture that turned into a glorious touristy day, that oh, yeah, btw, we also picked up some strawberries! YAY
|Love that face- Great Dane|
My friend, the Mad-Science Teacher, Laurie, loves dogs. I love dogs too, but she has a passion for them and so she sort of accidentally invited me (and our friend Adam, a fabulous English teacher at our school- fellow vegetarian and fitness enthusiast) along to a dog show she and a friend were going to last Saturday. I think she was shocked when I said yes to her joking "Do you want to go?" tweet. I sort of dig watching the Westminster dog show on Thanksgiving Day so seeing such a thing in person is kind of cool! AND there was one of our former students showing a dog that day as well, so that was extra cool.
|Former student Kayla Kozak with her top female Water Spaniel|
Alright, let's admit it: I will use any excuse to get to Lake Superior with my camera and shoot photos on the Lake. There. But I did really love seeing all those doggies, oh my. It was a hoot to actually pet all those different breeds that you really only see on TV, and then to see multiple copies of some of those breeds was sort of visually astonishing. Lol. It was a fabulous day!
|French bulldog (?)|
|A Mastiff- the hugest dog I have EVER seen: 220 pounds|
|Cant remember what it was- but oh so adorable|
|HAHAHAHAHA- so ugly its cute|
|Poodle getting zhuzhed|
|Bichon I believe|
|On the drawbridge in Duluth|
The Bayfield trip was on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Yet, it certainly didn't feel that way - really. Tuesday was the best day rainwise for us to go there, and we didn't realize it was going to be THAT warm..... We drove up through Ashland- where of course they indulged me with a photo shoot opportunity, and then we stopped at a place called Coco's in Washburn. I want to live within walking distance of that place. I could eat there for the rest of my life. The food is sublime and the coffee makes me swoon. We had breakfast- I had a pesto breakfast sandwich- pesto and tomatoes with 2 fried eggs on focaccia bread with Bayfield strawberries. I really want to go back at lunch time and have the curried lentils -- seriously soon.
|Prentice Park by the lake|
|Marina in Bayfield|
After returning to the mainland, we stopped by the Bayfield Inn for margaritas on the deck and then went up to the strawberry fields to reserve some prepicked strawberries. At 91 degrees we were NOT picking our own. After lunch, we scooped up the berries, drove through Ashland and stopped yet again for a cold drink (non alcohol of course) and headed home.
|View from the Bayfield Inn deck|
I had the bestest traveling companions for these journeys, and you know blueberry and raspberry season is almost upon us! So another trip "might" be in order-- or 2 trips. Because I need that curry in Washburn...... and there are some book stores...... and pottery places....... and more restaurants..... oh well, you get the picture!
|That water felt so great!|
|Such a great traveling companion (one is not pictured!!)|
|View from the Ferry|
What a fantastic way to spend time during my summer vacation. My sister is coming up in a week, I wonder what adventures we can find during this awesome summer!
And that will be a joy!