Monday, January 2, 2012

Wrapping Up 2011 And Our Trip

The last two days in Mercer were wonderful. I'm writing this post from home, but I wish I was still Up North... On Thursday night we cooked a huge pot of chili over a fire on the ice. Ted and Garrett built a tee-pee to hold the pot and Megan and I combined the ingredients. Maybe it was the fire, maybe it was just being Up North, but we all agreed, that was the best chili ever. My mouth is watering just thinking about it... I don't know if we'll ever be able to make it the same. There wasn't one spoonful left.

Friday was spent relaxing, ice fishing (surprise...), and snowmobiling. We loaded up the snowmobiles and decided to try a neighboring lake for some fish. Ted and Garrett were not having any luck on our lake, but we didn't have any better luck on Cedar Lake, either. After all that ice fishing there was only one fish worth keeping, all the other catches were little. I would have given up much sooner, but men will be men...

After spending all that time out in the cold, we were ready for a good, warm dinner and a celebration. We grilled steaks and asparagus and baked some potatoes and said so long to 2011. We drank champagne, played games, and counted down to 2012. And we saw flying squirrels! What better way to celebrate than with good company, good food, good wine, and finally, a good snowfall. We woke up in the morning to about 8 inches of fluffy snow to see us off. Of course, it snows on the last day...

We were all sad to leave. Packing, cleaning, and saying goodbye was painful as it always is. We left with promises of more adventures in the very near future! Let's make the next year even better than the last.

Thank you to everyone for reading! Best wishes to you all in the new year!