July 25, 2009
July was busy month... both for business, and personally. I'm glad I got to slip back up to Michigan City with the family. It's such a practical place for us and those who know me, know I am *Mr. Practical*.
Serious, I still maintain that the Great Lakes offer just as much beach as any coast. Then, again, I'm more of a snowy mountain guy than a sunny beach :) Still, it's just an awesome 4.5 hour drive from home. I don't even leave Indiana. Many people argue that the Great Lakes have colder water, but to me, it seems insignificant. It may be true, but it's freshwater and the "beach community" we stay in is something out of a Walton's episode. It's like people come here to love one another. Does that sound strange to you? You must feel it to believe it. Find some trip photos below.
The garden is running at approximately 75% and we've been pulling produce from it since we've returned from vacation. We have had our first tomato's and in less then a week, we'll be making salsa and canning so they don't go to waste. I've also harvested all the garlic. See it in the garden photos below.
The banana trees, fruit trees, grapes and berries are all doing well. The peach tree has been a total wuss this year. Had to cure it of peach leaf curl first thing this spring and I had it pumping out the serious foliage since then. However, it seems to have another "leaf dropping" ailment that I'm still diagnosing, but I'm not worried. The goal is just to get a good year of vegetational growth this year. My cherry trees are going nuts. They look text-book healthy.
Well, that's about it. Another update soon. From our family to your, we love you.
July photo albums:
July 09, 2009
The front porch with a subtle breeze, glass of wine and some G. Love playing makes a perfect night in Michigan City.
We took another trip up to Lake Michigan to refuel for 2009. It feels like we gained a week back in our life after this trip. We love the lake because it's not salt water, and the "community" where we stay is awesome. It's perfect for kids and just a short scenic walk to the lake. It feels just like the beach to us. Most of our friends have already heard us ramble about this place last year. We took two trips last year and just did our first one this year. We're already thinking about a possible weekend trip back up later this summer.
Brian Hensley and Jeremy Ostrow rode their bikes up for the day on Sunday to check it out. Since it's only about a 4.5 hour ride up, it was a good trip for them. We fed them dinner and sent them on their way. We're told it was a worthy trip for them.
The rest of the week was good to us. There was plenty of sun and a slightly overcasted day right in the middle of the week so we could take a break from the sun and hit the local scene to check out the outlets.
We really can't wait to go back soon. Since it's relatively close and totally cost-efficient, we echo again that the lakes are to the midwest like the Rockies are to the west.
February 14, 2006
Today is the last day of a fine adventure out west. The last 4 days have been nothing but shreding in some of the finest conditions I've done. The sun is blazing and my face is burnt. I love it.
After wrapping up a couple days at Park City, one day at the Canyons and one at Brighton (the BEST so far) we wrap up this trip with a visit to Snowbird. I've never been here and I look forward to it. I hear it's better then Solitude, which we were pretty impressed with!
One of the sweetest things about the Park City area is that you can rip a half hour from the Salt Lake airport and take your pick from 6 or 7 different resorts.
Ok, let's top off this coffee and get moving. Pictures coming in a day or so!
January 26, 2006
Only 3 weeks left. On Feb. 10, I'll head to Utah to board some of the best powder in the US. A friend/client of mine invites my partner and I to his condo right on the slopes each year. I took him up a couple years ago, but popping out kids makes it difficult to make it every year. After taking a year off to help my wife with the birth of our son, Nic, I'm finally heading back.
You can never prepare enough when it comes to the proper workouts leading up to a ski trip, but I try. It has literally been just over 2 years since I strapped a board on. However, I've had longer stretches before. While there is fast access to over 5 resorts, I'm looking most forward to Solitude again. It's a boarders paradise and a place that in one day, you can get almost a week's fill. Solitude is not packed with the tourists. I think it's more of a local favorite. Its altitude is higher than the other nearby mountains and when the snow is heavy, the pass is sometimes closed and you can't make it up (Argh!).
This all said, I still need to get out the board and tune up, move a shit-load of work off the platter and countless things around the house. More later.
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