sam + drew get married, part 5

On our last day in Bayfield a few of us woke early to head to Houghton Falls for a hike. 

In the lobby we said good-bye to Grandma since she was headed straight home. Her great-granddaughter Capri played some tunes for her before they said their good-byes. 

On our way to the Falls, we made one last trip past some roadside junk. I made Andy pull over so I could get a picture. My one picture doesn't even come close to showing how much stuff was there or for how far the pile went on down the road. Wow. If you are looking for something, chances are it is in that pile though! 

The hike we went on led all the way to Lake Superior. I'm glad I didn't pass this up. 

When we returned to the entrance of the trail, we said good-bye to Sam and her friend Jamie and continued on our way to the cabin in St. Germain, where we had started our trip just days before. 

Unfortunately it was raining when we arrived, so we were stuck indoors for a while. That was OK with me though. We had a puzzle to put together!

Every time Katie and I go to the cottage, it's our goal to put together the WI puzzle. After many years, it's looking a little sad and missing a piece, but we still NEED to put it together. We even time ourselves now, since it's fun to have a goal. I don't have our latest time [although it's written down up north] but we did pretty well. We probably could have done better if Andy didn't complain so much. [Side note, he might be banned from helping next time, he didn't take puzzle putting together seriously.] 

At one point during the on and off rain, we noticed a deer outside. She had with her THREE little ones. I snuck outside to try and get a few pictures. It's hard to see them all below, but it was quite a great sight. 

The rest of the afternoon was filled with some time down at the dock, Katie and Andy going for a bike ride, and go-karts. We took a trip to the grocery store to pick up food for supper, and made a stop at Elmer's Fun Park. Katie wanted to say hi to some old friends and long story short, I was forced to go-kart, mainly because it wouldn't have been safe for Katie's brewing baby, so I had to go against Andy. Of course I got the SLOW cart and he passed me. Go figure.

As daylight was coming to an end, we cooked our brats over the campfire and made s'mores. When it was completely dark out, Katie entertained us with her fireworks show. There was one dud in the bunch and one which tried to attack us spectators on the deck of the house. It was a close call! But, we still have our hearing and all our limbs, so it was a successful end to our trip. 

sam + drew get married, part 2

On the second day up north, it was time to leave St. Germain and head to Washburn. Katie, Andy, and I met bride-to-be Sam at Memorial Park where the ceremony was to be held. There, we picked some flowers to make a bouquet and had a little rehearsal to figure out the logistics for the ceremony. 

After the rehearsal, Sam took us to the little beach where the wedding was initially going to be held. There was a last minute change because the water was too high and there basically wasn't any beach left. 

Katie and Andy, sand collecting pros that they were at this point, collected more sand. This is the sand that would be mixed with the sand collected from St. Germain.

By now it was time for lunch so we we went to downtown Washburn and had lunch at Cafe Coco. We walked around for a bit before heading to Good Thyme Restaurant to set up for the dinner that would be held there the following evening.

Good Thyme is a restaurant set in what looks like a very old home. The grounds are beautiful. We were lucky enough to be able to set everything up the day before and take a look around this beautiful property. 

Here are the decorations. The boats were made of driftwood that Sam's aunt collected. The sails were made from some old handkerchiefs from our Grandma, as well as burlap. 

After decorating, we took a break at our hotel before heading out for supper. Katie, Andy and I were going to try Maggie's but the wait was ridiculous. It mainly appealed to us because of the pink building and the fact that there were flamingos EVERYWHERE inside. Real kitschy, but funny none-the-less.

Instead we headed to Morty's Pub for a fish fry.

Before sunset we started getting ready for the meet and greet campfire. Since the families of the bride and groom had yet to meet, this was a good chance to get everyone together before the big day. 

Sam let me put together s'mores bags for everyone. I had a lot of fun screen printing Meet, Greet & Eat bags which Katie and I filled with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.

It was a perfect evening to be near the water eating s'mores around a campfire and meeting new people.