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Wisconsin when the ice is off it
Lakeside fun in the Northwoods
The lake in Wisconsin
You may not find this tangibly 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.
We've fetched up in the Northwoods of northern Wisconsin to spend a pleasant interval by the lake, supposedly working halftime but de facto on leave, late July to early September. It could be worse . . . .
Darting out to welcome us. Kristin's family has had a presence on the lake for yonks, now with a number of cottages for siblings, etc.
Kristin staring at eagles overhead. The boathouse at the end of the property is a listed architectural site.
Kristin's house, simple but commodious, not, however, winterized (happily, it's summer now).
The gift-wrapped stone phallus on the right is a . . . gift.
We're off for an excursion on the pontoon boat -- this lake is one of half a googolplex of lakes in the region nearby, all left behind by retreating glaciers ten thousand years ago, or whatever.
-- Are you coming, or what?
We got married on the dock about this time last year.
Ducks are everywhere, of course, bringing with them a noble detachment and duck-itch.
The first time we tried it, the pontoon boat was out of gas -- we're ready now.
We're on our way.
The lake has islands down the far end of it, and lots of little bays for exploring at more leisure.
Kristin's house at the end of the line, a brother's to the left, on the shoreline side
Poking around in the canoe a few days later, we're weaving amongst a number of small scenic islands.
Gulls perching on a submerged gravel reef extending 100 metres off one of the islands -- drought in the past few years has got lots of propeller-snapper rocks just peeking out.
Gulls, disturbed. There are several loons resident on the lake, and many eagles.
The water level is down a good ways . . .
. . . and a few islands are 'temporarily' connected to the land.
Kristin's back on the pontoon boat. Waiting for a fare.
Hydrobiking back to the family dock in the afternoon
The far end of Kristin's cottage, the boudoir as it were
Kristin's cottage from the boudoir end
The other shoreside cottages
Kristin's back porch
The dock, with hydrobikes and other lake vehicles, ducks, and the hegemonic flag
'Morris Lake', now dry
Kristin's cottage peeking over at the far end
That's the setting; we're settled in, and ready to begin relaxing.
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