Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Up in the UP

 Such a fun weekend. It almost didn't happen though, due to an apocalyptic rush hour snow storm. It stretched a twenty minute ride from Danielle's work to our apartment, into a 2 1/2 hour creeping crawling nightmare. We all were thinking it, but didn't want to say it: "Maybe we shouldn't go." So on we went. It started out treacherous. Have you ever been on the tollway and not been able to see the blacktop. We have. Jake pointed out, "Forget wide lanes, this is no lanes!" (It's a Seinfeld thing) We made it up safe and sound. The weather paid us back in full with a perfect two days and an ice storm the night before we left, giving us an extra half day up North.

Once we made it up there it was a non-stop fun fest of outdoor activities, food, and game nights.
(I originally tried to upload 49 photos. It was taking a while, so I had to pare it down...to 34. I tried.)

We went up to camp to sneak in some snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Out on the trail.

On the river.

Watching out for open water and old picturesque bridges.

The guys caught up to us.

If you want to be popular with the dogs, just have some food.

Ice caves:

The hike in to the cave was a combination of walking, scooting, sliding, and butt sledding.

Some saucy posing at the caves.

Butt sledding!

We almost lost Tim.

Thank goodness he was safe so that he could teach the men to tree bend (I don't know the technical term).

Jake's attempt was not so successful.

Better luck next time.

After all that slipping and sliding we were ready for some personal pizzas and a couple serious rounds of Pictionary.

The camera was laid by the way side for game time and hot tub time. I was very busy loosing and Kelsey's January legs are frightening (and hardly discernible amidst the snowy landscape).

And now for a special installment of UP Fashion:

Fur and camo or very hot this season.

Stormy Kromer hats are cool. The Red and black plaid is particularly popular. I want this one in wintergreen/blue spruce.

Camo, orange hunting gear, and a Coach bag. A rose among thorns, or is it the other way around? 
(The battle of the sexes ensues!)

Men in tights. errr, long johns.

Specialty bath robes.

Uber fashionable indeed.

Whew! That was a long one. Are you still there?

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