Sitting Around the Campfire at Golden Lake
My village of Caspian is located in a beautiful, sparsely populated region of the USA. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is located between the Great Lakes of Superior and Michigan. It has the area of Maryland (500 km long and 200 km wide) and only about 300,000 people. It is a land of forests, rivers, lakes and cool weather. This summer renewed my love of this land. We hiked, camped, swam, etc. in the beauty of the northwoods. It is a great place for enjoying wilderness and has a slower pace because of the lack of people. It reinforced my desire to eventually retire or live up here, at least on a part-time basis. Real estate is cheap as well as the cost of living. We also have lots of family and friends in the region. It is a summer paradise for kids.
The Mighty Fishermen
Above is a photo of our campsite at Golden Lake (285 acres – max depth of 100 feet). We actually enjoyed a night in a tent and the kids loved the camping experience. We’ll definitely have to do it again. We also stayed at the Aurora Borealis Resort in Skanee, Michigan last week. We spent two days swimming and beach combing at Lake Superior. Ocean is shown below on the beach front of Huron Bay. The resort is owned by a retired doctor from Milwaukee, and him and his wife have made the cabins and gardens look like Martha Stewart designed it.
Ocean Posing in Skanee Michigan
- Post Race Press Conference
Yesterday we ran our final race this summer. The Windsor Center (building behind me) hosted a 5K and 10K run. The Windsor Center is my old high school. As the population dwindles in my hometown, schools are consolidating and there are more empty former school buildings. A group of citizens are trying to use the building benefit the community and so they are raising money to keep it open and develop it for other things besides classes.
It is also Rodeo weekend here in Iron River. Annually, the town holds a rodeo and it attracts many tourists. The rodeo performers are part of a semi-professional regional circuit and this is one of their tour stops. This was the first time in several years that they held a road running race in conjunction with the rodeo. I would like to thank Dawn Pisoni and the people at the Windsor Center for making it happen again this year.
Nadia ran the 5 kilometer race and won her age group with an amazingly fast time of 24 minutes. That is about 6 minutes faster than her times a few years ago in Venezuela. I ran the 10 kilometer and finished third in my age group with a time of 4 7:20. We both earned medals and it completed a successful summer of running with us competing in three races (Bass Run, Canal Run, Rodeo Run). I am inspired to continue to train and get more serious about my running. That is of course, time permitting. At least we would like to get more serious about running. Hopefully, we can do it this school year.
Owen and Ollie also got into the act with the Kiddie Race. It was a 70 yard dash and both boys did well. They won participation ribbons, so we all came away with something to put in the trophy case. The kids are pictured below with their friend, Avery. We want them to enjoy running and being active and events like this will help it. In the photo above, we are pictured with my dad, who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. It was a fantastic morning!
Grandpa with Owen and Oliver - Plus Two Beautiful Bluegills
We had a great day of fishing today at the Indian Lake boat landing. The boys and Ocean pulled up many bluegills and one perch. Owen even caught a couple on his own. Grandpa was a champion, baiting and hooking fish for the kids to land. We had great fun with so many fish. It didn’t matter that they were small, anything on the hook was an exciting moment for the kids. A big thanks to Hoover for the fishing tips.
Ocean Caught a Fish, too.
Nadia Sprints to the Finish
Yesterday we participated in the “Run Your Bass Off” 10 kilometer run in Crystal Falls, Michigan. The race is part of the Bass Festival in the small town located on the eastern side of Iron County. We try to run the race when we are here for the summer.
Nadia won second place in the 30-39 age group and ran a fantastic time of 54 minutes and 33 seconds. This is much faster than she has run in the past. I ran 48:15, which was 15 seconds faster than last year, but still only good for fourth place in my age group. The race made both of us wanting to train more seriously and get our times down. We’ll see if work and family committments will deter this.
Family Photo on Fourth of July
It was a rainy afternoon and evening for the Fourth of July celebrations this year. We celebrated America’s 234th birthday by hosting a BBQ at my childhood home in my village of Caspian, Michigan. We invited my aunt and uncle, Jim and Ione, and they are pictured in the back row. It is nice to reconnect with my aunt, as she looks very much like my mother and she reminds me of her.
We had some fireworks in the back yard, ate a lot of food, and then went downtown Iron River to watch the city fireworks.
Every year we make a visit to Lake Superior. We went up the other day when the weather was not very nice. Besides shopping in Marquette, we also stopped at the beach. Below are the pictures.
Owen and Oliver Enjoy Fighting on the Beach
We had a full day with an afternoon of swimming at Hagerman Lake and a large family BBQ at our rented log home in the Ski Brule resort.
Owen gets water from a spring
We are enjoying a relaxing holiday with family. Below is a historic photo, it is the first time Nadia’s and my parents have met. Owen’s middle names come from both of his grandfathers and they are shown together.
I would also like to wish all of my Serbian readers a Happy Saint Vitus Day! It is a very meaningful day for Serbs, remembering the defeat at the field of the blackbirds in Kosovo to the Ottomans.