Well, we are back home now with treasured memories of our month at the lake. It was on this trip that Aspen (at first a bit tentative around water) learned to swim like a champ, but later discovered that getting taken for a ride on kayak is even better!
And Aspen pen had a very important job guarding the cabin against strange dogs, wily cats, raccoons, possums, and one very large, lumbering bear.
And she had to make sure Dad grilled the burgers just right!
We not only enjoyed our lake time, we loved watching Aspen enjoy it, as well. She has definitely added a new dimension to the experience.
As hard as it is to believe, she will be turning a year old this weekend. We’ll be share to share the milestone with you!
We again braved the eleven hour car ride, this time with three kids and a puppy, but everyone did great and we are glad to be home safely. There are lots of things we will miss about being at the lake, however, such as naps on the porch…
playing in in the water…
digging in the mud…
watching for ducks…
sporting new nautical bandanas…
and chewing on pine cones.
(Okay, that last one is probably particular to Aspen!)
Good thing we only have to wait 9 1/2 weeks to go back!
Since the rain finally stopped, it was time to get both girls- the furry one and the non-furry one- down to the local playground to run off some pent-up energy. While the non-furry one was content on the slides and monkey bars, Aspen discovered that sand is great for digging and decided to attempt to dig her way to China. When she was done, she had sand everywhere, even her tongue, but she was one tired and happy dog!
And then home again for a nap. Asleep before I could even get her leash off!
So just minutes after Aspen and I braved the downpour for a walk around part of the lake, this happened. The downpour turned into a snowstorm! Aspen, of course, I true retriever form, did her best to eat it all:
Here is how the lake looked last night:
(Photo taken by Janet Martinez. I wish I could take such amazing photographs!)
Once we arrived at the cabin, we were busy unloading supplies, making dinner, and making up beds. We did take a short walk down to the water before nightfall, however, so Aspen could engage in some lakeside exploration. She deserved to stretch her legs after such a long ride!
Today, however, the torrential downpour must have followed us, because this was our view: