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.
Kayaks, mini-golf, go-karts, ziplines . . . and Billy
Activities on the dock, 12 July 2019
The winter's wreckage, browning nicely in the sun
What a mess.
The Remains of the Tree
Off onto the lake
Some of us would have flipped this thing on the first sight of a wave, but others are more confident.
Miniature golf at the 'Settlers Mill Adventure Golf & Frozen Custard'
A possibly illegal shot
Billy after one of his holes-in-one
Marlowe and Dima with a friendly passerby
We need not obsess over the scores.
And on to the next attraction, even more fun!
-- Gentlemen, start your engines!
Billy's off in pole position
Dmitri's close behind
Some of the older members of our party would not have climbed into one of those things for a free AARP membership.
Billy burning up the track
Into the last lap -- it's going to be a near thing.
-- It's over already?!
The zip line
"Thank you, vets" -- we zipliners express our gratitude for those who defend our homeland from invasion!
Suiting up, and a brief intro course
Billy in 80 pounds of gear, and . . .
. . . Ready!
Billy's fond parents on the spectators' bench, and an oblivious neighbor trying to figure out how to work a smartphone
Zipliners, On Your Marks!
Billy receding into the distance
Preparing for the next flight
Billy, and a well-controlled landing on the wood block
A cleverly-exciting collision course
The teenaged staff are masters of safety protocols and inspired at working with children.
-- Off you get.
The Northwoods Zip Line is pricey and not suitable for all of us anyway, but a successful experience for today.
This improbable attraction (in mid-July, in any case) is worth a brief stop.
It's not entirely clear to us what the business model is here -- perhaps enough people, on their 88°F summer holiday on the lakes, dream of their next Christmas festivities.
But there's plenty of Christmas stuff to buy (talk about 'deferred gratification').
Or some nice antlers to brighten up your next end-of-the-year fêtes
A very patriotic neighbor's dock across the lake
Dmitri in the canal . . .
. . . and the midway lake
The continuation of the canal in the centre of the picture
The end of the canal and the next lake over
Cousin Rob has joined us in mid-canal
The bay near the canal, called on the map 'Tomahawk Bay' (nearly everything round here has 'tomahawk' in the name)
Rob and Marlowe
The battle is joined.
The hydrobikers are staying out of the way and taking odds on the winner.
It's a near thing . . .
. . . but ends peaceably.