The Outer Banks

Moving on to the Outer Banks, a major problem was staying out of the heat. That led to…No, it’s not a family of gypsies. And it’s not Woodstock. It’s not an invasion of the Mongol Horde. It’s also not a group of homeless people. It’s Abbott beach shelter 2008. Note the use of rope to…

Leaf Destruction

While this isn’t technically part of our vacation odyssey, our leaf mulching has been as long and difficult as any odyssey.Here’s Laura, prepared to rake leaves. I wish I could say that this level of protection was needed because of an infestation of bees, spiders, or killer poisonous centipedes, but it was not. This outfit…

The Heckler

On our last day in Michigan, we went to see the Tigers play at Comerica Park. There we encountered “That Guy.” You know “That Guy” – he’s the one who thinks he is really funny, but, in reality, he’s more annoying than a genital rash. This “That Guy” was a heckler. What made this particular…

She’s chopping wood…

After the birthday party, most of us headed over to Gayle’s place for Mark and Margo’s baby shower. Margo has already expressed interest in naming their child (a boy) after my World of Warcraft Paladin, Griffyn, seen below. That’s a lot of awesomeness to live up to.Almost as awesome as Griffyn was our Cranium game.…

Girard Party

And then the cottage portion of the vacation was over and we moved on to Grandma Girard’s 90th birthday party. The highlight of the party was when Laura’s Aunt Terri announced that she was going to juggle. This picture details the level of anticipation created by Terri’s announcement. Keep in mind, this was Gayle’s expression…

I almost forgot…

The landlady, Betty, revealed that she has trapped and killed about 15 chipmunks in one day for eating her bird seed. Really? Who tries to wipe out chipmunks? I have a feeling that Betty will be starring as some kind of Disney movie villain in the near future. Even worse, she told this to Anne.…

Caseville

Caseville had a nice beach and the water was relatively warm. Don’t let the picture below fool you – they are lying like that because it is comfortable, not because their bodies have shut down to cope with freezing cold water. That only happens at Lake Michigan to everyone except Laura and Gayle. The only…