7.07.2014

Independence Day Weekend

One of my favorite ever photos of the lake.
I am convinced that Island Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with the magnificent tree-lined lake being among my favorite of its features. My great-grandfather built a cabin for his wife there, and it has long since been used as a summer vacation spot for our family. It's just not summer without a trip to the cabin.

Time seems to stand still in this quiet place, and yet it always passes so quickly. This trip was much, much shorter than I would have liked it to be, but it was still wonderful. Staying up far too late, waking up to the smell of bacon and french toast, playing endless card games, and riding behind the waverunner on the tube so many times I can barely move my arms today... it was all perfect. And the best part of this trip was having Jim there with me. Sharing this treasured part of my life and childhood with him gave me so much joy. I'm grateful we were able to travel up there this summer, even if it was only for 3 short days.

This year, I also thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular firework display over the lake. I've seen fireworks there on the fourth before, and to be honest, they've always left something to be desired. But this time was different. Island Park really stepped up their game and the fireworks were truly spectacular. 

If only I could adequately recount the way it felt to be there that night -

The way the noise of the fireworks cracked across the still night sky, and echoed across the lake;

The way the colorful lights spread and reflected across the tranquil water, underneath the hundreds of silent boats;

The way my new husband's arm around my shoulders made me feel so safe, warm, and loved -

It was like time stood still, and it was truly a wonder to behold. 

While I sometimes feel unsure about the direction our country is heading these days, I couldn't deny the way I felt with all those proud Americans surrounding me and celebrating the good, old, US of A. We really are blessed to live in this great nation, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

Happy {belated} Fourth, all! 

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