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A visit from Alison, Billy, Dmitri, Mark, and Marlowe (alphabetical order)
Mid-July shenanigans at the lake
Melvin the Doge helping out with changing a light bulb, early July
Recently described as 'The Biker Gang', but more accurately 'The Hydrobiker Gang'
Dinner at Manor Mouse, 11 July 2017
In summer, hardly a day goes by without a party.
Hazel and Bill on the trampoline. Marlowe, Dima, and Bill were on their way in to Wausau via Chicago on 12 July, but since United Airlines only flies when the mood is upon it, they spent the night in O'Hare Airport, and we drove the three hours each way to fetch them in Appleton, WI, on the 13th. Which, in fact, is the new normal here.
There's something about trampolines . . .
. . . that gets adults involved as well (photo by Marlowe)
Eagles on the island
A ride on the pontoon boat, leaving the boathouse, 14 July, Hazel at the wheel.
A natural learner. Around the end of Mussent Point (photo by Marlowe)
Hazel, Bill, and Dima
Nearing the Mussent Point dock to pick up the rest of the party
Renewing acquaintances from last summer (photo by Marlowe)
'Adjidaumo', the centre island (where the eagles live)
The eagles' nest mid-island, with one of them hanging out above it, squeaking 'Feed Me'
Predictably, it's the juvenile making the racket.
Bill's turn at the wheel (photo by Marlowe)
Hazel, Kristin, and Joellen (photo by Marlowe)
The ship's ballast (photo by Marlowe)
Marlowe and Bill
Bill (photo by Marlowe)
A natural actor (photo by Marlowe)
Marlowe and Hazel
The Bearskin Trail
We're off for a hike on the Bearskin Trail.
Slowed down a bit by our collector of attractive stones on the trail
The Bearskin Trail, built on the right-of-way of an old forestry train line through the Northwoods from the 1890s
Special treatment for the youngest of our party (photo by Dmitri)
More special treatment -- a free ride on the hydrobike . . .
. . . and a peach
Hunting for more eagles
We're mainly doing this for young Bill, but he's resolutely unimpressed.
Shrill squeaking from the northern point of Adjidaumo island
The juvenile yelling 'Feed me', the adult (below) ignoring him
(photo by Marlowe)
A test of skills at the mini-golf
The gauntlet thrown down -- the game is on. 20 July 2017.
Things begin straightforwardly enough . . .
. . . and we're all keeping up fairly well (photo by Alison)
A few balls, of course, went into the artificial creek (photo by Marlowe)
A quick learner
Marlowe and Dmitri, Mark and Alison, and a pesky 'totem pole' stuck out in the middle
I did quite well, myself, and beat Bill's score. Now it's time for 'frozen custard' and . . .
go-karting for some of our party (photo by Marlowe)
-- Step back from the track, please.
Out on the lake
Two kayaks and a paddleboard, and a stowaway
Paddleboarding near Mussent Point
Kayaks across the lake: Marlowe and Alison
Back towards Point o' Pines
Capturing (and releasing) a tiny frog
Out in the skiboat: Dima, Mark, and Alison
(photo by Alison)
Alison (photo by Mark)
At the Best Western in Rothschild
A long wait, and clearly not the restaurant for us anyway
Much better off at the Green Mill after all. Marlowe, Dmitri, and Bill are flying out from Wausau CWA at the crack of dawn tomorrow, 22 July 2017.
-- We're sure about the 'university' part, but as to the name, we like to keep our options open.
A quick look-in at the cemetery . .
. . . and a little vase of flowers.
A last paddle on the lake with Mark and Alison, and they're off back to the observatories on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, 23 July 2017. With good luck, next year a congenial family repeat.