Summer has arrived in Wisconsin!! We had an absolutely beautiful weekend with temps in the high 70s, low humidity and cool nights. The reservations poured in all during the week before. People were ready to get out and camp after a cool and rainy spring. We only had a few open sites.
I spent a lot of the weekend sitting outside, enjoying the weather and reading a good book. John Grisham has been a favorite author of mine, and I have read most of his books. I just finished Sycamore Row, a sequel to A Time to Kill, and enjoyed it a great deal.
Saturday night we enjoyed watching this beautiful full moon rise over the trees.
Every year for about a two week period in mid May, the lake flies descend on us. Sometimes, the swarms are so thick you can barely breath, making lawn mowing a real challenge for Kevin. We went for a walk on our normal route near the lake on Thursday, and had to be careful to keep our mouths closed so we didn't end up with some extra protein we didn't want.
Sunday we decided to ride our bikes away from the lake rather than risk another walk through the swarms of flies. We rode eight miles along some back roads just west of the park through farm fields. It was sunny and warm, and a great ride with no flies to bother us.
What a difference a week makes. The previous weekend was terrible with rain and cold weather. On Saturday it didn't even reach 50 degrees. We had some hearty souls here, about ten sites. We barely saw anyone all weekend. Everyone was hunkered down inside their campers. In fact, for a little while on Saturday, we had snow, sleet and hail. Here's the hail on the site next to us. Not what you want to see in mid-May.
I have a few bird feeders outside the back window, and really enjoy watching the many visitors it attracts. In spring, we get some orioles migrating through the area. They really seem to like grape jelly and oranges.
Last Tuesday I drove to Eric's house to continue painting a spare bedroom. I've been doing some painting at his house every summer since we began full-timing. This is the last room to be done. It works fine as I don't mind helping him out, I do our laundry while I'm there, and we get to spend some time together. We had dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, Arriba, which we can walk to from his house.
This afternoon we are going golfing. Kevin has gone with friends a few times since we've been back, but this will be my first time. I've become spoiled and am very much a fair weather golfer. Today will be perfect.
Next weekend is Memorial Day and we are fully booked. I'm sure it will be a very busy weekend. We will have two friends camping here as well, so should be fun.
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