Some snapshots from our time away:
Mr. Edwards helps Lane manage the 410 and shoot some trap.
Mr. Edwards and I took a kayak trip down the Mississippi River. This is one of our favorite camp activities. It is pretty relaxing kayaking (especially when one's husband is truly doing all the work in back!) as the current carries us along.
I wasn't fast enough to get a photo of the bald eagles that we saw flying by, but I did get a picture of a nest.
Although we cross the main channel twice (back and forth), we mostly navigate through the quiet backwaters of the mighty river. It is beautiful.
My sister Jen shared a kayak with her son, Wesley.
Lydia and I rode with the rest of the family on the hay-rack up to "trail breakfast," a family camp tradition of breakfast in the woods with "heart attack toast" toasted on a griddle over a fire.
The four older Edwards kids went creek stomping with Connor, our staff assistant (seen in the background).
Toby is making it an annual tradition to fall asleep at dinner!
In the face of a rainy afternoon we played cards with friends and family. Our kids were off enjoying camp activities with staff assistants.
Lane got a couple of hits in the inter-generational softball game (Lane is the batter in the picture above and Uncle Jason is pitching).
Mr. Edwards helped Toby with some trap shooting. The stock was too long for him, but he still loved it!
Hope had a marvelous camp week roaming around camp with friends. Here you see her with plenty of wildflowers in her hair. She tackled a steep hike three times in one day, exhausting the staff assistant that went along!
Sydney and Lydia tried out the hammock during the softball game.
This year Lane passed the swim test for the deep part of the swimming lake. With this under his belt, he was free to use the high dive. In spite of his slight physique, he was a finalist in the splash contest!
The boys tried ice blocking for the first time this year.
All the kids love the rope swing (Hope is shown in the picture above), and this year the three older kids did the Blob (but I didn't get pictures of that achievement).
Hope took a dive several times. Our local pool at home doesn't have diving boards, so this is a real treat for her.
The gun range was a busy place this year. Mr. Edwards shot his pistol and other friends were nearby, firing their guns.
A highlight of every camp year is Parents Night Out. We went to LaCrosse, Wisconsin with five other couples and walked along the riverfront after dinner.
We took our annual parting photo at the Village Creek sign and our beloved assistants Connor and Gaby stood with us.
This year we left our daughters behind for a week of junior camp.