We had planned this weekend for months.
Had it not been on the calendar, I would have still needed a getaway. My dad’s .. quiet, calm and as far away from the chaos of my everyday.. at least as far as I could get in the state of Wisconsin, was the perfect getaway.
“Wish we could be there,” said the Cowboy, several times as we talked on the phone.
He had the kids this weekend and the hope was we’d all meet there. But, the drive is just too much for the short time they all have together on any given weekend. Some other time, we agreed … soon.
The temperatures on Sunday had warmed up to a balmy 20 degrees..
So before leaving to head back home… we decided it might be fun to hit the beach.
With half of Chequamegon Bay near Bayfield still open, the ice where it was frozen, was spectacular.
Even more precious, to me anyway..
As I grabbed a few things from the car, to look up and already see my dad, explaining to my daughter, why the ice was all chunked up along the shoreline versus what she might be used to seeing on the lakes at home.
We spend time on this shore as often as we can during the summer, this was our first trip during the cold months of winter. (The water during the summer, doesn’t seem like it is much warmer than it would be to take a swim at the moment, either.)
With the open water from the rest of the bay, seeping where it can under the the ice.. there is this low, eery but beautiful, constant growl.
“Can you hear that, mom?” shouted my 10 year old. “Did you hear that?! What is that?” she asks from a distance as she pokes at the shoreline with a stick she’s found. Dogs in tow.
Looking at this photo, I think its time my dog had her nails trimmed.
Sorry, sidetracked ..
Wish we could have stayed longer. At the beach. And at my dads. I know my daughter felt the same, because she made that very comment, as we began the drive back home.
Had the dogs had a vote, I’m pretty sure they would have agreed. At least before crashing in the back seat, exhausted from a weekend of running around.
I, on the other hand, enjoyed doing a whole lot of nothing other than spending total down time with two of the people I love most (only wish a few others, including the Cowboy and his little people could have joined us). And am refreshed, ready to face the beautiful chaos of a new week.