The middle part of the summer has been full of great mini-trips — two of them to the family cabin on Lake Osakis!

The first trip up was actually not so restful. The first night, Geronimo ate some of the mouse poison, which can be miserably fatal (hint: the way it kills rodents is it makes them bleed out). Luckily, thanks to the wonderful vets in Alexandria, he's just fine now. Here's us at the "Big Ole" statue in Alexandria, saying "GERONIMO LIVES!!!"

Our next time up was far more relaxing (despite the projects detailed earlier). For one, we went up on Thursday, after her camp, which gave us some time for the traditional Space Aliens dinner stop (what exactly do they put in those baked potatoes?), and shopping at the outlet mall.

Having 3 full days also made all the difference in the world. We had plenty of time to do our projects, and also to experience some of the nearby sights. We went into Long Prairie, to go to our favorite little antique place and to visit the freaky veterans' memorial park (the park also has a helicopter, a tank, an Iwo Jima mural, a bandstand, a black marble wall, and many concrete benches):

We finally went to the Panther Distillery ("the first LEGAL distillery in Minnesota"), which makes really good stuff. Patrick especially enjoyed the rye, but hey, for me it is still #summerofgin:

We also went on a side trip to this great farm called "Vintage Village" which has brought in and restored an old schoolhouse, plus moved in an old house and general store that are filled with antiques. There's also a gypsy caravan and a full farm with ducks, geese, chickens, goats, and sheep.

But most of all, there was time to hang around the cabin, catch frogs, go out on the boat, read, make M&M pancakes, wade in the (green) water, and play on the beach.

Best of all, there was time for lovely evenings making s'mores in the fire pit and appreciating the Supermoon:

Kind of idyllic, really...


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