June 2017
Roaming Through Retirement



June 2017

June--back in the slow lane!

After two months of overseeing dozens of home improvement projects and saying farewell to our friends and family in Ajijic, we headed back to the states to get a little R&R. 

June 2017
June 2017
Early, on June 1st, we began our journey back to the USA by car.  Here we are driving on a new toll road that diverted us around Guadalajara as the sun peaked at us in the horizon.   Our first stop was outside of McAllen TX, where we had the RV and Ford stored since early March.  We put our 1999 Jeep at a consignment shop with hopes  of buying a newer car for Mexico when we return this fall. 
June 2017
June 2017
Our next stop was Shreveport Louisiana, to visit Glorine's sister Sally, who was recovering from complications from a back surgery.  After a short stop in Waverly, Nebraska to visit Larry's brother Bob, we arrived at Prior Lake, where we set up our temporary home on the campus of Mystic Lake Casino.  
June 2017
June 2017
First order of business was to spend time with the grandkids.  Newly out of school for the summer, they were anxious to show us a new sport--Football Golf, like golf, but you kick a soccer ball into the hole.  While riding bikes with Clara and Chase in the Mdewakanton Sioux Community, we stopped at this Veterans Cemetery, dedicated to the past and current warriors.   
June 2017
June 2017
We spent a day at the Minnesota History Center to learn more about the history and culture of the people who settled here.  Housed in an awesome building in St. Paul, it was more than we expected.  One thing we learned--water skiing was invented in Minnesota.  We also learned that Minnesota lies on the northern edge of Tornado Alley.  They had a great display showing just how destructive they can be. 
June 2017
June 2017
Chase signed up for baseball, which he calls his second favorite sport, following ice hockey.  His team did well this year.  It is always nice when you are on a winning team. Saying farewell to the card board play house that Grandpa Larry built for the kids in 2009.  Can't believe it is still standing with all the play time it took.  
June 2017
June 2017
Life on a lake has its advantages, one is all the water sports one can do, right in your back yard.  And that is what they do all summer long. Clara is still on training skis.  Here she is "the spotter" watching Grandma Glorine taking her annual trip around Upper Prior Lake. 
June 2017
June 2017
At 70, Grandpa Larry got up on his first try, but he did not last as long as Glorine.  It is hard to believe how many unused muscles are called on to get up on skis. Two kayaks and two paddle boards are included in the list of water toys the kids (including their parents) enjoy using. With summers being short, they pack it all in.
June 2017
June 2017
A trip down memory lane.  We drove past Stout State University in Menomonie, WI where Larry had considered attending college back in 1969. What would life have been like?  Instead, we moved to Eastern KY University and the rest is history.  For Clara's birthday we set up the RV for two nights at Six Lakes Resort Park in Chetek WI.  Yes it is home to a chain of six lakes, five of which we boated on.  The lakes include nearly 4,000 surface acres of water and 63 miles of shoreline. 
June 2017
June 2017
Craig brought the pontoon, which is where we spent most of our time.  It came in handy as we cruised along the shore, lined with cabins and an occasional pub and/or restaurant. Grandkids bring out the youth in us.  Here Grandpa Larry is relaxing with Clara at one of the many novelties that settings like this attract.
June 2017
June 2017
This is one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters left in the Twin Cities and it is the main reason Clara picked Chetek for her birthday treat.  We had just learned about the force of tornadoes at the MN History Center and now got to see the damage first hand.  This area was hit hard on Memorial Weekend. 
June 2017
June 2017
Leinenkrugel, located near here, celebrated its 150th year of brewing some mighty fine beers and the pubs in Chetek put the anniversary to good use. Traditions runs deep in the Gillen family and one of them is for all of them to jump into the lake at 4:40 pm on June 21st to celebrate the birth of little Clara--11.
June 2017
June 2017
We got the best seat in the house, when Mystic Lake hosted a concert for Lionel Richie.  Our RV was directly acrossed the road from their amphitheater, so we started a campfire and enjoyed his greatest hits.  Craig inherited this 1974 Olds Delta 88, which had been in storage for nearly a decade.  Craig got it running like new.  It now has a prominent spot in their two-car garage.
June 2017
June 2017
We got Clara this 24" 21-speed bike for her birthday.  It fits her to a tee, but may be short lived at the rate she is growing.  The biggest challenge for her was getting used to hand brakes, which she mastered quickly.  Clara had her first sleep over birthday party, which kept the numbers down over past years.  They included friends from school and her ice hockey team and Chase, of course.
June 2017
June 2017
After lots of boating and tubing, they hammered down the traditional piñata, played a few games, opened presents and watched an outdoor movie by the lake. Nice birthday! A new tradition that we enjoy is long bike rides along Minnesota's awesome trail system.  Here we are riding on the Brown's Creek Trail near Stillwater.  An old railroad made for a great trail--few hills with gradual inclines. 
June 2017
June 2017
One of our stops along Brown Creek Trail was the Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter Restaurant where we enjoyed a great meal and some awesome brew.  The grounds at the restaurant were covered with such gorgeous gardens, we couldn't help but to memorialize the moment with pictures.   
June 2017
June 2017
What a picture perfect place! While we were in Stillwater, Craig and Larry took advantage of one of the microbrews. Here the pilot is enjoying a "flight of beer." 



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