two vacationing bloggers

Two bloggers I regularly follow posted vacation stories this week that caught my eye. One is a Portland resident who, with her husband and daughter, traveled by train to Chicago. I would love to do that some day, but that was only Part One of her story. Part Two takes us to Door County in Wisconsin, where Paul vacationed with his parents and grandparents way back when. It was also where we (Paul and I) honeymooned back in 1966.

So after thoroughly studying every picture of “Posie’s” post, I went hunting for old photos to thaw my own memories of that area. You might imagine I found a few.

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Here’s the first of (only) three honeymoon shots. Of course we couldn’t pass this photo op.

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The answer to your questions is yes. Yes, I would love to still own that car.

And even further back in time, . . .

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. . . Paul with his mother and grandpa,

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. . . older, with a different fish (though I can’t know that for sure),

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. . . another vacation with his mother and his other grandpa, this time. Had to get the car in a shot, since that’s what really interests you.

Not that I expect you to care about this, but it’s entirely possible the previous photos from Paul’s childhood and youth were taken, not in Door County, but in Au Train, which is farther north through Wisconsin and into Michigan’s upper peninsula. Pollen was an enemy of Paul’s dad, so the family fled Chicago’s hay fever season every year by driving as far north as they could go.

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This is Au Train, for reals. But it could be either place.

Warning: We’re taking another detour, back to Paul’s parents’ honeymoon in 1937.

1937-Frank Carlson on his honeymoon

Thumbing through my vast photo collection I found some that did offer identifiers. A Google search for Shady Rest Lodge took me to the very spot Florence took this picture of her brand new hubby, Frank Carlson.

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I pulled this picture from their website.

1937-Florence on her honeymoon at Shady Rest Lodge

A quick reply from my email to the site’s contact confirmed this is indeed where the senior Carlsons honeymooned. Brad said they still have the windmill I described from this picture.

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We’ll get back to the topic, I promise, but first can you indulge me one more detour? (You’re so good to me, not that I gave you a choice.) See those chairs? Guess who loves them and continues to use both of them!

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One is used daily in my home office.

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Just this morning a sales rep (nicknamed “Hoss,” so you can picture his size) sat here in my church office.

Can life get any more fun than that?

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Back on track now, I’ll remind you I started this post referring to two bloggers I follow. Donald Miller linked to the birth story of Nella, who was born with Down syndrome to Kelle and Brett Hampton six years ago, and I’ve followed her ever since. She posts beautiful photography, and long ago she showed me how to make books online, not using the provided templates but designing each page in InDesign on my computer and uploading the individual pages as JPGs into Shutterfly. I’ve made many books using her method.

This week Kelle published this post about their time at Big Canoe! It was so fun to recognize the various spots (not the fabulous inflated water playground, though) and remember our family reunion at Big Canoe, Georgia, in 2012.

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Did you scroll through Kelle’s pictures? Here’s our family enjoying those very spots.

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We loved the red canoes too.

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And the water slide carved out of the rock.

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Just passing by.

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There’s just nothing quite like family togetherness, as Kelle notes in her post about Big Canoe.

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Know this guy?

You have your share of summer vacation stories too. I hope you find serendipities like these to bring them back to your present.

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