Monday, June 24, 2013

Lake Owen

Alycia has been coming here for fourteen years to vacation. She has been trying to get me to come for years, but it was the marathon that finally got me here. The lake is beautiful, surrounded my thick forests, and it is in a remote part of Wisconsin. It is not easy to get here. The closest airport is three hours away and there are only small towns on the way. For the past two days we have been relaxing on the lake.  The kids are swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and playing in the sand. In the boat they have gone tubing and Renee was water skiing today. The water is crystal clear but it is way too cold for me. I did paddle board and kayak, but with temps in the 60s, it is too cold for my Texas blood. Alycia and I have mostly been reading on a float or in the boat. This is just what I needed after several stressful months.
We went to church in Hayward. They have a tiny branch with maybe 30 people. The kids tripled the size of the primary. They only have two hours of church, which was really nice. The stake high council speaker talked to the kids in sacrament meeting, telling them how wonderful it was that they have obedient parents that take them to church on vacation. It made us feel good for coming even though Alycia and I are really sore. 
The soreness from the race is getting a little better each day. A blister I had under my toenail, was causing me the most discomfort until I popped it. I am glad I have time to unwind here before I head to busier places. 

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