‘C’ Family Vacation : Isle O’Dreams, MN

The past 2.5 weeks we have been stateside catching up with family. Our first stop was to Matt’s home town of Lincoln, Nebraska where we struggled to get over jet lag & caught up with a couple of Matt’s high school buddies.

Later that week we drove 575 miles North to Isle O’Dreams Lodge, Park Rapids, Minnesota where we spent a week with the Curtis Clan in honor of Mrs C’s 70th birthday earlier this year. This was my first time to Isle O’Dreams/Park Rapids area but for the Curtis’ it was simply returning to their summer vacation spot where they spent summers creating treasured memories many moons ago.

Our week went something like this…

Many fish were caught, as well as weeds, trees, and even a lure

Eden's first catch EVER...thanks Grandpa!

Eden’s first catch EVER…thanks Grandpa!

boys fishing

Lu fishing

Lu fishing

Grandpa taking his oldest Granddaughters fishing

Grandpa taking his oldest Granddaughters fishing

F clan with their adopted son Stan heading out for some fishing

F clan with their adopted son Stan heading out for some fishing

worms were slaughtered, much to my disgust Eden enjoyed doing the slaughtering

Eden showing me the worm she is about to cut!

Eden showing me the worm she is about to cut!

the dock not only became a place of fishing but very quickly a meeting place, a place to sun yourself, to sit and to watch & to catch minnows

what the dock often looked like

what the dock often looked like

Girls having fun jumping off the floating dock

Girls having fun jumping off the floating dock

Lu contemplating entering the lake...clothes and all

Lu contemplating entering the lake…clothes and all

cigars were even enjoyed on the dock with a cheeky whiskey and/or cognac

Boys Cigar night  (1 of 1)

of course this was where the tubing took place.

tubing

more dock action

looking on

looking on

The youngest girls loved searching for snail shells, they collected them (often still with snails inside) and kept them in a plastic cup. Eden wanted to bring her snail shell collection back to Japan. She didn’t get her way.

Eden hunting for shells

Eden hunting for shells

We rode the paddle boats, even had a race and I am sad to say our boat lost

paddle boat (1 of 1)

there were even stand up paddle boards.

SUP (1 of 1)

There was a birthday celebration

Mrs C Birthday (1 of 1)

smore’s happened too.

smores (1 of 1)

We took a trip to Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi River

itasca

no trip is complete without a family photo by the sign

sign at headwaters (1 of 1)

many attempted to cross the headwaters, only a few fell

some of the falls caught on camera

some of the falls caught on camera

we attempted to get a family photo.

all of us

There was some kayaking action

Matt & Eden kayaking

Matt & Eden kayaking

even a spot of karaoke, sadly Carrie & Cathy closed out the show before I was able to get a turn πŸ˜‰

"Party in the USA", "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

“Party in the USA”, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

The dinghy got many rides, some more successful than others

the dinghy on some of its many outings

the dinghy on some of its many outings

Matt loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

matt with his nieces & nephews

We managed to squeeze in a run, the annual FireCracker 5K at Park Rapids (I placed 140 out of 413 females and 31/79 for my age group, which ended at 29 so I was one of the oldies in my bracket!)

photo

Eden had her first introduction to poppers & smoke bombs on July 4th

Running through the smoke from the smoke bombs

Running through the smoke from the smoke bombs

4th July Cuteness

4th July Cuteness

Sam encouraged her to aim the poppers at Grandpa’s feet

Sam teaching Eden bad habits!

Sam teaching Eden bad habits!

later this happened.

finally Eden gave Sam some cuddles!

finally Eden gave Sam some cuddles!

We tried to get a photo of all the Grandkids, sadly Clio was a grump and missed out on the photo action.

cousins minus Clio

Clio made a new friend

Clio with her new teddy...she had been eyeing it up all week

Clio with her new teddy…she had been eyeing it up all week

We visited Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji

Bemidji

the girls searched for shells & feathers

bemidji 1

we admired the views at Bemidji

bemidji view (1 of 1)

bemidji 4

bemidji 3

and of course took a selfie (Eden was too cool to join in)

selfie

Matt loved seeing these gorgeous gals too

Matt & his sisters

No vacation is complete without a trip to the spa.

spa (1 of 1)

A highlight for me was watching Eden hang out with her cousins; childhood playmates that grow up to be forever friends

Cousin love

Our last night Papa finally got some cuddles with his favorite 4 year old

eden cuddles

We of course had to get a photo of Mr & Mrs C with all nine of their awesome Grandchildren.

Grandparents with their Grandkids  (1 of 1)

We left Isle O’Dreams with many itchy bites, a few extra pounds, one less fishing pole and many many memories to treasure.

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7 responses to “‘C’ Family Vacation : Isle O’Dreams, MN

  1. Thanks for sharing your blog with me, Hannah. You are an excellent photographer and seem to know just how to capture the emotions behind the photographs.

  2. Hannah thanks so much for this wonderful blog. The pictures, as always, we’re great. I can’t tell how special this time was for Carol and myself.

    • So special for us too Mr C, I am so pleased that Matt was able to make it as you never know with his work! Look forward to seeing you all next year (and many times on Skype before then) πŸ™‚

    • Hello Dan & Jan! Hope the NZ winter isn’t too chilly, we are melting over here in Okinawa! I will update your address in my email (not sure if I can update it on here though, ill have to have a look) Glad your still enjoying the blog, we have an exciting adventure coming up next month which I am sure we will be putting on the blog πŸ™‚ I am not sure when but we are still hoping to head to NZ in the next couple of years, would love to swing by and see you both πŸ™‚

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