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A birthday surprise
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Learning the Wisconsin customs: Kristin's out in the woods searching (unsuccessfully) for mushrooms.
Observed, it seems
Armored observation posts
Turns out, they're for hunters to hide in and pop off at movements in the underbrush without too much inconvenience.
We need a cover story: Eric is taking Bill and Pearl out on the lake to celebrate their anniversary. Wink.
We're summoned to the shore as we cruise past.
"You idiot, it's not their birthday, it's their anniversary."
"It's YOUR birthday."
(Not really, Eric's birthday is in mid-winter when no one's here, so Kristin et al decided to celebrate it now.)
Well-wishers emerge from the forest
And large crowds of well-wishers lurk in the woods, ready to leap.
The commemorative T-shirt
A celebrity welcome
Preparations are well in hand.
The grilling has begun and the salads are coming out.
Eric and siblings
The younger generation rehearses funny Eric stories for an eager audience.
Very funny stories!
Very, very funny stories!
Not a single one of those funny stories is true.
-- There is no evidence left for any of it.
-- But they're still funny.
400 affectionate family members and 3,500 exuberant friends have come all this way to celebrate.
Kristin's driving home after the party,
Can't see a thing out here!
Getting the float boat out again in the morning . . .
. . . back to clean up the mess at the venue.
Watched over by a suspicious eagle.
Summer in Wisconsin, 2012
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