Wheres Ray/Wendy yr 2

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Off to the UP

Hi all,
Nothing better than time on the road. After a quick one week stay at our old hometown we headed north to spend some time with Wendy's mom and dad.
 At 87 and 85 respectively they are doing pretty good. Wendy's mom sure hates to be idle long. She barely gets one meal done and she is prepping for the next. Meals are big here and we have a hard time to keep from gaining weight while here.
 Her dad stays on the go to, he spends a lot of time in his huge garden and taking care of a couple dozen chickens. In the past he hired on part time during the cranberry harvest, working in the processing plant. He hinted that he wants to do it again this year. He says when the garden is done he gets bored sitting around, he already has filled the wood shed for the winter. I guess this shows how to live to a ripe old age.
 So while here Wendy helps doing some of the things her mom can't do. We also helped by making some blueberry jelly. We sure have done our share of canning this year and tomatoes are just starting to ripen here.
 On one Saturday Wendy's sister Patsy planned a family reunion at her place in Pardeeville. It has been a number of years since the family has tried to gather.It was nice seeing many of the gang again. The turnout was fair as two of her sisters were unable to attend and many of the grandkids were missing.
Wendy's dad with the Great-great grandson Carson

Back left, Patsy, Peggy, Wendy, Rich front Donnie, Barb, Ed, and Randy
 They want to try it again next year giving better warning to some for a better turnout.
 Another day we got a visit from our son Nate and grandson Alex with Emily his gf. Alex also has a jeep so we took the tops off for a ride about. We drove the Sandhill Crane Refuge in nearby Babcock. We had a great weather day and Alex was able to get some cool drone shots along the way. Nice way to spend some time with the boys.

 So we don't get sucked in to all work and no play Wendy and I planned a little vacation. In the past we had taken a few vacations to Michigans Upper Penninsula and has been many years since our last visit.
 And almost on the way is Lambeau Field home of the Green Bay Packers. So a little twist of Wendy's arm and a stadium tour was in the plan. And when Wendy's sister Patsy heard of our plans they drove up to Green Bay and joined us.
 Luck had it they were holding practices and the public is allowed to attend. So we got to attend a practice, get a stadium tour, and enjoy a great day with Patsy and Sonny.
a neighborhood fence, all things G.B.

Sonny and Patsy and us

A Packer tradition area kids offer there bikes to players for a short ride.

Great way to end the day
 Tuesday we headed up to Indian Lake State Park just outside Manistique, Mich. We will camp here for five days and do some jeep drives. Then we will head to other parts of the U.P.


  1. Wendy has a big family. Reunions are fun.

    What is UP?

  2. Looks like a fun time with your family.

  3. We sure need to get to the UP. Such a beautiful area. Nice score with the Packers stadium tour!