Summer has a way of slipping away, first teasing us with the warm embrace of a lazy pace in mid-July before gaining speed once the calendar flips to August.
It was a good thing we had a long weekend trip planned to fully sink our minds, bodies and souls into summer for one last bash. Colleen has had the fortune of forging a bonding and lasting (obviously) friendship with an amazing group of college friends. The Girls plan an annual (or occasional) get-together to reunite and rehash old stories and undertake new experiences that spawn tales to be laughed about until the next time.
This year, we gathered at a cabin on Lake Minnewaska in Northern Minnesota. Colleen's friend Carrie and her hubby, Steve, were the gracious hosts for "Girls Trip 2015" (previous versions have seen the ladies reunite in Lake Tahoe, Chicago, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Wisconsin Dells, among others).
Well, as life goes on in the post-college world, girls become women, and women get married. This means, there are guys involved, too. Sometimes, we're invited (dragged?) along for the trip.
Let's just say: When you marry a woman, you marry her friends, too. This could end up going any number of ways. Good. Awful. Indifferent.
Once again, I lucked out with Mrs. In The Loop. I have always had a fantastic time with the whole group of girls and their husbands. Each and every one in the group owns an engaging personality and is simply fun to be around.
We all filled the hours with beers, bags, brats and boisterous conversation.
Waking up and hanging by a lake all day long is about as summer as baseball and barbecuing. Like I always say: "I do love a reason to drink beer early in the morning."
Lake Minnewaska is Minnesota's 13th largest lake. Located in Pope County, Minnesota, between the towns of Starbuck and Glenwood. A combination of year-round homes (some are extravagant mansions) and seasonal cabins surrounds the entirety of the lake, which is relatively shallow for its size, reaching a maximum depth of about 32 feet across its nearly 8,000-acre basin. The clear waters are ideal for swimming and temps were about 75 degrees during our visit. The waters suffer from infestations of zebra mussels, though. Fishermen come to cast for walleye as well as bass and sunfish varieties.
Pass me another beer.
Thanks for reading,