My in-laws came down last Thursday to check out a motor home, and ended up taking the girls back with them on Friday morning. So my wife and I had Friday and most of Saturday to ourselves. We watched some tennis, did some shopping, watched some Dukes, and then headed north about 3 on Saturday.
When we got there, we shot the breeze for a while, played some Euchre, and then Joe and I went fishing. We got one nice bluegill, and several very small ones. Joe got a very big shiner (which is not native, and is used for bait) which we kept out to help keep them out of the lake. We got home at about 10:30, and the NASCAR race was actually just starting, but my wife and I hit the sack anyway.
Sunday morning Joe and I got up early and went fishing again. I have some pictures here. We got lots of little stuff, but no keepers. It’s always worth it though, regardless of whether we catch any fish. The kingfishers were all over the place, getting way more than we did. The mist was coming off the lake, the air was fresh and clean, and the sun was up.
When we got back, my mother-in-law was working her food magic and we had grilled steak and venison, hotdogs, watermelon, and a plethora of other picnic sorts of things. We played a lot of Euchre through the afternoon, just talking about life, the universe, and everything.
About 8 pm we (my family, my mother-in-law, and my brother-in-law and his family) all packed into cars and drove over to Crystal Mountain resort for fireworks. We sat on the lawn for about 2 hours before things started, which was a little stressful, but we all chatted. Some kids were playing with a ball behind us, and I twisted around and snapped a quick shot. It came out remarkably well. You can see all the pictures from that day here.
The fireworks were pretty cool. They shot them from the top of the ski run. After we got back home, I lit the fireworks my family had bought me. All my life we’ve gotten fireworks for home, and my family has been kind enough to put up with me continuing that.
All in all, it was a fun weekend up north,