The first leg of our trip was to Bozeman, Montana to my brother and sister-in-law's place where we stayed for a few days. It was a long first leg. We didn't get out of town until the afternoon and of course we were driving on the schedule of the babe. Which meant we stopped every three hours. For at least forty minutes so we could feed and do diaper changes. But we made slow steady progress. By the time we got in (just before 9pm) we were tired but didn't have to drive for a few more days which was nice. I knew it was time (or past time?) to stop when both my babies (human and canine) were fussing.
|Storm view from Bozeman|
|Aria's cave in the motor home|
Our few days in Bozeman gave us a chance to settle into the motor home. Then we were on the road again. We made it to Bismark, ND for the first night. Then it was off to the Northwoods! We stayed in Bemidji, MN our final night on the way to the cabin since a huge thunderstorm was arriving as evening hit and we didn't want to continue driving in it. We found a great little RV park and had a chance to do some laundry, and of course a photo stop with Paul Bunyan & Babe on our way out of town. We will try to make this an annual photo stop if we drive with Elliot just to show his growth each summer. Finally, we arrived at Lake Vermillion and the cabin midday.
|First glimpse of the lake|
We had a wonderful time at the cabin, swimming, kayaking, watching sunsets, nightly sunset swims, and taking day trips to Ely, Virginia, and Duluth. And of course we had a true Minnesota thunderstorm while we were there which resulted in many down trees and loss of power for several days all over the state. We even managed to make it briefly to Wisconsin. If you were counting, that makes six states for Elliot before he was two months! Wow, world traveler. And, made it the whole time without a single mosquito bite on Elliot!
|Bug shield for Elliot to get from cabin to motor home|
Aria was in heaven! She wanted to stay at the cabin forever, and felt free to let herself out of the cabin and run down to the lake whenever she wanted! She did cut her pad open our third day there and had to stay out of the water for a day which she was not a fan of. Here are some photos from our wonderful time there.
|View from the dock|
|Walking around Ely, MN snuggled with mama|
|Aria with her boot after she injured her foot|
|View from the cabin|
|Out for a sunset boat ride|
|Aria loving the boat ride|
|Elliot's first boat ride|
|Elliot after his first boat ride, fast asleep|
|Another wonderful sunset|
|Doesn't get much better than this|
|Brandy and Aria love playing!|
|Panoramic view from the dock|
|Love those baby blues!|
|To Wisconsin we go!|
|True Wisconsin cheese|
|Lake Superior from the Duluth boardwalk|
|Paddling in my new kayak|
|One of the locals|
|Aria's happy place|
|Beautiful end to the day|
|Prescription for soul peace|
|Perfect end to the day|
|Elliot's new book|
As always, it was hard to leave. But, reality beckoned and we started the journey home. On the way home we stopped briefly in Walker, MN to look around; watched the remnants of the storm damage all through the state and then finally stopped for the evening in Jamestown, ND. We stayed in a small RV park which was functional but nothing fancy. The next day we made it all the way back to Bozeman. It was a very long day, especially for Elliot, but we were relieved to be close to home. So in the morning we loaded up for the final stretch and arrived home by dinner. What a wonderful trip. We're already missing it and can't wait to go back next summer!
|Aria and Elliot on the way home|
|View while driving|