|Sayner Fraternity 2008 - 7/2008|
Our Photo Album: Click each thumbnail for a larger image.
Dates: For a week, beginning 7/26/2008
Home base: The Woodlands Resort, 'Oak'
Areas Explored: good ol' Northern Highlands State Forest in Wisconsin and also the Gogebic area and Porkies in Michigan
Transportation: 2000 LeSabre & Sam's LeBaron
New Frontiers: Andrew's first vacation and first time to Wisconsin and Sayner specifically. Also got to show Karl the wonders of Vilas County for the first time.
Cast: Two carloads of our brothers and sisters. Sam brought Micah and Jeff. I brought Jessica, Karl, and Andrew.
This trip was planned at the very last minute, at least for Sayner's Woodlands Resort. Usually the place is booked solid for about a year or two in advance; but it seems there were some cancellations. I think it was on account of the disastrous floods of the early summer that took place in southern Wisconsin, but who's to know.
For my boy's first vacation, I wanted a home away from home and was not interested in camping. We rented my least favorite cottage and hoped that people would come with us to fill up the place. In the end Jessica's brothers and my sister and her friend were selected by fate to share a few days in the most beautiful forest in the world. I was excited to bring my son up to the historical vacation home of the Miller family: Sayner, Wisconsin.
The 'Oak' was set up nicely as usual and it felt good to pull into the Woodlands and to be welcome there since the year before, I drove in just to talk to the manager about vacancies for the next summer, and so was not so welcome. (See the 2007 trip to Sayner.) The drive took a bit longer with baby and I was exhausted the first day. Sam arrived a bit later and we all relaxed the first day.
The week was good. It was full of fishing for Sam and Jeff who rented boats from Star Lake Store and fished Frank and Partridge Lake with some success. Sam felt the success was all hers, though, and claims she felt embarrassed for Jeff's lack of fishing skills on this trip. Micah seemed to have spent the week recovering from his recent trip to Hawaii and enjoyed music, merry-making, and other Micah-esque activities. Karl took the opportunity to test drive his new glasses and went out at night to look at the shooting stars, galaxies, and satellites that are impossible to see in Chicago. The weather cooperated for him. I canoed when I could, spent time keeping Andrew from crying, and built a few fires. Jessica picked up after all of us, but seemed to have a good week herself. We all love her.
The usual Sayner activities filled the days, except for a trip to Eagle River (always, in my opinion, a waste of time) and one into the U.P. to swim Superior and explore the Porkies a bit.
|Karl's & Sam's Photo
Click each thumbnail for a larger image. These are photos taken by
our siblings. For other photos and more of Karl's great Chicago
Karl's Flickr webpage.