We had a wonderful Independence Day
at the above "Collin's Compound".
Our friends, Mike and Carol Collins
own one of those beauties
among Mike's siblings cottages.
The homes gaze out over
We spent most of
the time IN the lake.
In this case in a volleyball
We also arose early to take advantage
of the smooth, boatless,
mirrorlike water to
Sonny is good buddies with Jeff Collins,
who is a masterful water skier.
It was kinda hard to
hold my camera steady on
the bobbing boat.
But what fun to get some
Jeff even BARE FOOTS
which means he skies without skies!
Takes a lot of strength to do that.
Here's Mike slick on water skies.
My in laws owned a cottage with
a ski boat, but sold it before Sonny
was old enough to try water skiing.
So this weekend was his
Here, he's thinking...
this should be a cinch...
After a few attempts,
we got him in THIS
Here he's saying...YA-HOOO!
I'm ready for bare footin'!
While the boys wallowed in
I pretty much stayed flopped in
this floaty with Carol.
We did manage to drag ourselves out of Long Lake
long enough to visit the scenic Ausable River.
The boys hot-footed it down this sand dune.
My flip flops almost melted from the molten sand, and
I didn't think I could handle the hot hike back UP,
so I stood up top taking these photos.
Michigan was once covered in trees
and early last century was a thriving
We logged some time at
Hubby looks so CUTE!
Michigan spends most of its year in WINTER,
so, as you can see...we try to squeeze every
drop of fun out of summer.
This year, Fourth of July was AWESOME!