I know that if you’re a regular reader of this blog, I make your job hard because I write less than regularly, but I’m back. Even if it is just for one night. I have, as usual, been busy adventuring.
We made the Kool-Aid particularly strong, and actually succeeded in getting three of the best Cliftons to move up here over Memorial Day weekend. Yes, they are in fact aware that it gets cold and snowy up here. 😉 So, that’s a source of a whole lot of adventures. Mostly centered around good food.
Then mid-month I was given the all-clear and we immediately went on a deserted hike through pines and wildflowers to a remote beach on the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula. (I would show you pictures, but alas, I have none because the battery in my trusty camera was dead.) We’ve had the kayaks out a few times, and today we even took an abbreviated free-diving trip. I felt a bit ridiculous in my get-up, but I was warm and was actually able to swim all the way out and back, so there you go.
Earlier in the month, we went to a hot air balloon festival in Traverse City. The festival extended over three days, but we really only checked out the second day of festivities. The balloon operators were not giving free rides except to festival organizers and fire fighters, but I did seize the opportunity to speak to a few of them. Here are some things I learned, in case you are wondering:
- No, they cannot steer. They use the heat the burning propane provides to rise or fall into wind currents that carry them wherever they hope to go. Usually when they fly the currents higher up are running in a different direction entirely than those lower down, and they always travel with a spotter truck to pick up any wayward balloons.
- They can carry upwards of 1,400 pounds.
- Each “square” in the rainbow balloon that’s made of “squares” costs about $150.
And last weekend we were in Ohio for my brother’s wedding reception. They got married December 27, 2010, but decided to wait until summer to celebrate. Mom’s flowers were a beautiful background – which is no surprise if you know anything about my mom – and Kim’s cake was pretty and tasty. All around I think the day was a success. Welcome, officially again, to the family Kristy. I hope you know what you got yourself into 😉
Final self-promoting note: if you have half-baked plans to visit us Up North this summer, you’ll want to get those dates firmed up ASAP. The bed-and-breakfast that we seem to run is filling up fast, so hurry hurry hurry!