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#124586 - 06/09/03 05:53 PM SUMMER
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This is along the lines of what do you do to relax and recharge the battery. I am waiting for some more replies so I can collate it all

Now this. What are you going to do this summer and who are you going to do it with and where are you going to do it to recharge the batteries and to just relax. You might also let us know what you would like to do, etc, etc

For myself I and my wife Nicole are going camping to the Pinery Provincial Park for three weeks. 18 kilometers of white sandy beach. No TV. It is 50 miles north of Sarnia. The sunsets are absolutley beautiful and the sun sets straight into the lake. The water is mild and clean. There are hiking and biking trails, an outdoor theatre. Just a place to get away from the usual stuff and be with my partner. If we are lucky my 22 year old daughter Tanya will visit us with some of her friends.

What would I like to do. Take my wife to where I was born in the foothills of Alberta or go to Gander Newfoundland to see her fathers grave. He died when she was 4 months old. Some day I hope we can do both.

Remember my fellow wolves we do need some r&r wherever we can get it.

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#124587 - 06/10/03 12:55 PM Re: SUMMER
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Hi Mike, this is a great thread. Learning to relax and recharge the batteries is so important!
This past year my wife and I decided that we enjoyed the Okanagan Valley so much that we would move there permanently, it has taken us a year of planning. We have sold the family properties, moved my aged parents, and will be moving to Kelowna ourselves after school is finished for the kiddies. So now we will be closer to Osoyoos and the warmest fresh water lake in N.America. My wife and daughter love the water and I love the mountains and valleys of the Okanagan, our son loves hockey and of course Penticton has the largest hockey school in Canada. And we all love the year round temperate climate, a huge change from Alberta. I think for our holidays we will start taking trips to Vegas to watch Celine Dion and other big musicals, which I absolutely love, or maybe rent a house boat and cruise the Shuswaps about 2 hours north of Kelowna. I guess this posting doesn't have a whole lot to do with SA, but says a little bit about recovery and living! Peace, Andrew


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#124588 - 06/10/03 02:57 PM Re: SUMMER
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Andrew-almost

It is not supposed to have anything to do with sa. It is all about recharging. How I envy you. god's country you are moving to. I was born and raised outside Pincher Creek Alberta on a cattle ranch. Had my own horse and rode to school. Still miss it but not the beatings. I guess I am a died in the wool easterner now.
AAAAAAAWHHHHOOOOOOOOLUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEE

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#124589 - 06/10/03 03:40 PM Re: SUMMER
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Well for us it depends on what kind of time off, if any, Marc can get. Once i get the ok from the doc, we are thinking about maybe going camping for a week but again it depends on the job. Well since i already lead a life of r&r lol i will continue doing what i do best But we do want to spend time at the swimming hole i'm hoping to work on some art and do some writing this summer and with a little luck i can get back on my rollerblades soon . A big bonus would be to go fishing a few times....

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#124590 - 06/10/03 04:13 PM Re: SUMMER
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Mike,
Indeed this is another cool post. I have a buddy from Denmark coming to visit me in August. He wants to go lay on the beach in Mexico so we're gonna head down there for a week. He also wants to go to Vegas for a weekend if we can squeeze it in. So Andrew maybe I'll see you there.

However, I really want to do something for myself. Two of my best friends recently moved to St. Louis and I want to go see them. I actually just went to their wedding in Albuquerque. The cool thing is that Molly and I have become incredibly close. We exchange e-mails daily and have shared some very personal stuff. In fact she is the one person that has help me out the most in the past year. So I'd like to give myself a treat and spend some time with her and her husband. I think it could be very therapeutic. BTW, please don't get the impression that I'm trying to hit on a married woman. It's not like that. In fact Alex and I are pretty good pals.

Well, that's about it for me.
Mike

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#124591 - 06/10/03 04:23 PM Re: SUMMER
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Way to go guys

Al: We have a lot more in common. I teach inline skating. We got to get together to do that bro.

Mike

Boy that sounds like a full summer fo you. I know you are not hitting on a married woman. Boy R&R with friends is the best. Hope You get to Vegas and Mexico and St. Louis.
Try not to get Monkey Pox and I will stay away from SARS , Mad Cow disease and west Nile virus.
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#124592 - 06/10/03 04:25 PM Re: SUMMER
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Oh you guys are making me long for another proper vacation your side of the pond \:\(
We've been lucky enough ( when my wife had a 'proper' job ) to visit so much of the US and Canada. Kelowna, Las Vegas, Albequerque.........ohhhh, I want to come back !

But this year my niece is getting married in Nova Scotia where my brothers lived for about 35 years, so that's where we're going. And we've been often enough to have done the 'tourist' stuff, so we'll just chill with the locals.
It's a fabulous place, I envy my bro' - but I haven't seen the winters. But there's always Florida.

Dave

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#124593 - 06/10/03 07:17 PM Re: SUMMER
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Wow neat! I feel like I'm writing one of those essays when I was a kid, "What I'm Going to Do This Summer."

Well, I'm not sure yet--but "I Know What You Did Last Summer!" Nyuk nyuk nyuk!

Actually it sounds like I'm gonna kinda somewhat be copying Al this summer. :p

Starting off with continuing my RRRRR (Rest Relaxation Recuperating & Recovery) , hopefully tossing in some recreation like water aerobics or swimming (thanks for the smiley Al!).

Also I'll plan to do some more Riting (OK so its not an R!), working on a couple book and article ideas, for which I'm doing mostly Research right now (man I'm on a Roll!). (Thanks for that one too Al!)

There is a family reunion in New Jersey in mid-August, my wife's family, probably the first one they've had in her life or her parents lifetime at least. Man down heah in da good ol' South families have 'em most every year!

Most of the rest of my traveling will be in September, I hope, for the conference and to see a good friend.

Hey great post Mike!

In September are we gonna hafta write another essay on what we did during the summer?! \:D

victor

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#124594 - 06/10/03 09:16 PM Re: SUMMER
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Mike,

One of these days we're going to take the Male Survivor cruise (maybe the Great Lakes, eh?) and you will be the Entertainment Director!

We're going to be staying close to home this year. In years past we've made at least one trip to NYC, but my wife is determined to keep a low profile this year. Just as well, the change will probably make the city so much more fun next time.

We bought a fancy gas grille in time for Mothers' Day so I can burn food for a family of five in the great outdoors (ok, on the driveway). We'll be doing some cookouts, get some fishing in, stroll the woods a couple times, just do nothing. That way we save on postcards to friends and family, too! \:D

Stick in the mud,

Joe

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#124595 - 06/10/03 09:51 PM Re: SUMMER
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Dave,
From what I remember of your brother, it sounds like spending time with him will be very therapeutic. Sometimes just spending time with the right people can help you recharge your batteries. And if you ever make it through the South Western US again you'll have to drop me a line.
Mike

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#124596 - 06/10/03 10:34 PM Re: SUMMER
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Lloyd:

Nova Scotia is beautiful. People are great. Have a really good time there.

Victor:

Sounds like a good choice for R&R and yes I will require an essay in the fall.
Joe;
The great lakes cruise sounds great. There is a retreat next year in Toronto. Maybe a boat cruise then. I like what you are gonna do. Hope you dont feed everyone burnt offerings all summer.

Sleepy:

You cant get off that light. Come on what are you gonna do this summer.

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#124597 - 06/10/03 10:53 PM Re: SUMMER
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1. I am going to finally LOVE MYSELF.
2. I am going to be aware of my outside world.
3. I am going to be aware of my feelings and not run from them.
4. I am going to walk around barefoot.
5. I am going to be out in the sunshine.
6. I am going to be conscious about breathing.
7. I am going to eat gummi bears.
8. I am going to drink Sun-Drop soda.
9. I am going to SWIM, SWIM, SWIM.
10. I am going to be thankful I am still here.


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#124598 - 06/11/03 06:18 AM Re: SUMMER
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Sounds like many are going to enjoy the outdoors, summer in Maine is all to short but every day is treasured. I am going to do something I have wanted to do for many years. In July Buick celebrates its 100th anniversary of automobile production. I am the proud owner of a 1965 Electra 225 and I am going to drive it in a caravan from Maine to Detroit. I will dwell in automotive history for 4 days and enjoy my car to the fullest. Can't wait, it is all polished, vacuumed and just throw in the suitcase..........anyone from the east coast want to ride along dates are July 23 -July 28.
Bob

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#124599 - 06/11/03 09:31 AM Re: SUMMER
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So0nlite
That sounds really great. Walking barefoot brings back good memories from my past.
Ernie:
Wow. Have a really great time.

Remember guys you gotta tell us in the fall how it went.

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#124600 - 06/11/03 10:48 AM Re: SUMMER
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Sonlite,

Sounds to me like a pretty good summer, and a pretty good way to live, too!

Joe,

If that's what relaxes you this summer do it & don't knock it man. Sounds fine to me!

Mike,

If I don't turn in my essay are you gonna flunk me?!

This summer I'm gonna try to be

Victor

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#124601 - 06/11/03 11:29 AM Re: SUMMER
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Vic Nobody gets you of writing an essay in the fall myself included

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#124602 - 06/11/03 06:16 PM Re: SUMMER
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Yes Teacher! :p

Victor

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#124603 - 06/11/03 09:14 PM Re: SUMMER
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Themes titles "What I did last summer" are due on 09/01/03. This will be 50% of your final grade (sound familiar???

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#124604 - 06/12/03 07:09 PM Re: SUMMER
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Bob ( ernie )
I always loved the Buick Riviera, the 'boat tail' one, but I just have a soft spot for old Yank Tanks
\:D My all time favourite is the Impala with the 'ray' rear wings. And as for the El Camino pick-up version ?? what can I say....I want one :rolleyes:

My brother drives a Corolla, he's such a wuss ! \:D
The big fight in our house is what car shall we rent, the bigger the better is my argument, the cheapest is my wifes. But we usually get something fairly decent.
When we wrecked a Jeep in Utah the rental company came along with a full size, gold coloured Caddilac, "all we have left, sorry about that Sir."
Just the car to cruise the strip in Vegas, what a hoot that was.
\:D

Dave

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#124605 - 06/13/03 12:17 AM Re: SUMMER
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Dave,
It sounds like you got to be a crooner for a weekend driving around in a Caddy. The question is whether you can really sing?

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#124606 - 06/13/03 09:31 AM Re: SUMMER
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Bob (Ernie),

"1965 Electra 225 and I am going to drive it in a caravan from Maine to Detroit"?

In a caravan, heck, it IS a caravan \:\) Can you say "sheet metal"? I drove one once. Was hard getting the timing to turn corners down... do I start half a block away, or a whole block? BTW, how many gallons to the mile?

It's a nice car. Sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy!

And the rest you, EnJoY !

jer


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#124607 - 06/13/03 01:13 PM Re: SUMMER
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Its a great car, 18 ft long weighs in at 6500 lbs. Has all the horns and whistles (except air). When it was new it sold for 4500.00 try to touch a new one today for under 30,000. I have wanted to own one since 1965. One of the mentors in my life was a Buick dealer, I use to cut his lawn every week. When I finally saved enough to buy a car, he let me drive he and his wife from my home town to Kenosha Wis (a five hour trip) in a brand spanking new 65 Electra 225. I never forgot what that felt like to drive this wonderful automobile and promised myself I would own one some day. That day happened 3 years ago about 6 months into my whole life falling apart because of my SA etc. It has been my salvation in many ways. I used it for my youngest daughters wedding and could not have been prouder to see the new bride and groom going down the street in "Lucille" (the original owners name) I will turn 52,000 miles on it on my way to Detroit, will honk the horn and say Thank you for the pleasure you have brought to my life. Again, the offer is open, anyone for a trip?
Thanks
Bob

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#124608 - 07/07/03 11:17 AM Re: SUMMER
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OK guys, Mid term themes are due on 7/15/03, hows the summer going so far.

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#124609 - 07/07/03 02:56 PM Re: SUMMER
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Oops sorry Bob I guess I flunk this one...

Victor

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#124610 - 07/09/03 05:03 PM Re: SUMMER
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OK guys, Mid term themes are due on 7/15/03, hows the summer going so far.
I'll turn in my midterm early and then relax.

I'm in a strange place.

So far this summer, I've burned (and sometimes undercooked) about a dozen meals on the new grille. I've been into DC once with the love of my life to see the "Reduced Shakespeare" company presenting "All the World's Great Books." Great show, very funny. I got caught up in their depiction of the encounter with the Cyclops in the Odyssey (yeah, me, imagine that \:D ), but the show was hilarious. If you get a chance to see it, by all means go see it.

This summer I told my parents that I was sexually abused (I actually said "molested") as a teenager. I told the Sunday Al Anon Adult Child group that I attend, including telling them that the perp was my "sponsor."

I told my oldest son that I experienced the "bad touch" he read about in his scout books. I assured him that he could tell his mom or me if anything like that ever happens to him.

He and I went to see "Hulk" 'cause he wanted to see it. The females were uninterested, and I didn't want his 3 year old brother to see it. I preferred the way Spiderman stayed closer to the comics, but my son had no qualms with the movie Hulk since he didn't know the comics.

We went fishing on the Chesapeake yesterday, and between us we caught 40 spot. We made our contribution to the group's supply for a dinner on Friday and took about a dozen home.

On Fathers' Day my daughter entered her first equestrian competition, and she competed in a higher level event than most kids with her experience. She won three ribbons, and did a lot to settle her nerves. Her next competition is this coming weekend.

I've been "Mecho Godzilla" and Triceratops horridus and Tyrannosaurus rex and who knows what else in many mock battles with the 3 year old. He's a tough cookie, and I always come out worse for wear. Oh, and I've raced him across the yard to the shed several times, and pitched batting practice to him, too.

I told some friends a couple years ago that I'm always sore after we play "Hop On Pop" because it often degenerates into "Sucker Punch Pop." I live with a tough crowd \:\) and the youngest is true to form. I get to be the NFL Films highlight reel star, the guy they show making the great play just before he leaves on a stretcher.

I've been with the family to a local pool a few times, where I burn ripe red in a matter of minutes. They have a pair of slides that the oldest son and I use to race each other to the water. My wife can win against him when she uses the right hand slide, but I can't seem to beat either of them. I always figured in grade school that I was slow; now I have the proof. \:\)

Oh, and last night I discovered I can (am physically able to) cry. Now I need to survive that.

Thanks,

Joe

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#124611 - 07/09/03 07:47 PM Re: SUMMER
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Joe
that sounds like the good life \:D

Dave

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#124612 - 07/09/03 10:58 PM Re: SUMMER
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Hi Joe,

Well you are a special Dad for sure. It was a joy to read your summer log.

Bob

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#124613 - 07/13/03 01:50 PM Re: SUMMER
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On Fathers' Day my daughter entered her first equestrian competition, and she competed in a higher level event than most kids with her experience. She won three ribbons, and did a lot to settle her nerves. Her next competition is this coming weekend.
Yeeeee-Haaaw!

Dave, Bob,

I'm in training for the good Dad, and part of it is the good life. Thanks.

She competed today and got two, count 'em, two first place blue ribbons. She's in the running for a prize for the entire season with next month's competition.

Best of all, when I asked her how she felt, she said, "Can't you see the smile of joy on my face?" We've been to the psychologist with her over some issues that arose at school this year, and a lot of it had to do with her being distant from her feelings. Yes, I know where she learned that, and I feel so much better hearing words like those she spoke today. \:D

Thanks, guys, for being here so seven year old girl can have a real Dad!

Gratefully,

Joe

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#124614 - 07/13/03 02:27 PM Re: SUMMER
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Way to go Joe! To be able to be a real, and in my words, nurturing father to your children ---- you've brought tears to my eyes.

The rewards from your work may be few and far between, but worth every bit of pain and anguish you have to go through, in my childless opinion.

thank you for sharing your joys and thrills of life.

jer


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#124615 - 07/13/03 05:28 PM Re: SUMMER
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Hey, Joe,

You are a helluva good Dad.

I'm with, jer, childless myself, but man, oh, man, hearing about men like you being so nurturing with their kids brings tears to my eyes as well.

I'm sure that I have always wanted the love and physical closeness that sons naturally crave from their father.

My father was a hurt and angry man, having been abused by his father. He was such a handsome, funny, warm hearted man--but then he could become so full of rage and so punishing.

And then he simply disappeared one day when I was about 5 or 6.

I never saw my dad again.

And I'm sure that I have spent the rest of my life looking for that love and warmth I sensed my dad had to give, only he wasn't able or willing.

I'm sure that desperate, yearning for my dad's love is what left me so vulnerable to being sexually abused by the perpetrator.

God bless you, Joe, for being so willing and for working so hard on being able to give your children this most precious legacy--the knowledge
that they are good, worthy of care and loved by their dear, old Dad.

What you're giving those kids is the Ultimate Weapon in the fight against child sexual abuse!

Hey, watch out for those sucker punches! We need you in good shape here to help keep the coffee pot perking! \:\)

I found my dad the year after he had died. I was 30. I was so angry that I cried at his grave.

It has taken a long time and a lot of work, but I have finally won back the willingness and the ability to say:

"I love my Dad."

That's something I've always wanted.

Today I can show that kind of fatherly love to the men in my life. And when I do, it comes right back at me. Funny, huh? As someone else observed, I found it in the last place I looked!

With gratitude for all the dad's love I get from all of you--you know you are!! --

Your brother, your son, your father, your friend,

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#124616 - 07/13/03 07:30 PM Re: SUMMER
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Joe
I'm with Jer and Danny, no kids here either.

But I love to see kids enjoying themselves as part of a family, it's the greatest joy I can imagine

Keep us posted on the final event.

Dave

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#124617 - 07/16/03 09:28 AM Re: SUMMER
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How great it is to read these super positive posts. Sound like many are using their summer time well.Nothing greater than spending time with kids.
I am part of the Big Brother program and have been with a 10 year old boy for a year now, He is super smart and a real pleasure to be with. This past Sunday, we went to the beach and I was able to enjoy a bit of my childhood again as he showed me the fine art of building a sand castle..........doesn't get any better than that, what a joy to hear a child laugh.
(papers turned in receive 100% a+) and get to collect 200.00 when passing go.
Myself, I take off for the big Buick event this coming Monday July 21..........can't wait.
Take care and thanks to all
Bob

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#124618 - 07/23/03 09:39 AM Re: SUMMER
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Joe it looks like you did it all brother and the summer is a full one for you and your family.
Ernie what about the show. How did it go.

Nicole & I went to the Pinery Provincial Park for 2 1/2 weeks and it was great. Wetter than usual and cold a couple of nights but we still managed to get great tans.

Tanya, our daughter came the first week with a friend and we were glad to have them. At 22 and 21 respectively they enjoyed the lure of Grand Bend ( a summer haven for the young just 10 miles up from the Park).

We did a lot of walking on the beach. It is about 10 miles of wide white sand. Never really crowded. The sunsets were drop dead great. The Beach faces due West.

Like Joe I burned a lot of red meat and hot dogs and marshmellows but nobody semmed to care. We camped beside some friends we have know since Tanya was 5 or 6 and enjoyued their company. A couple of times we splurged with them and went out for dinner. After sittinn around a campfire at night for 6 or 7 days it is easy to smell like a burnt log. I am sure the other people in the restaurants got more than they bargained for when we were there.

I did a lot of biking on the trails. Managed not to kill myself. The greatest fear I had was falling off the bike in a downhill sprint into a patch of Poison Ivy. Thank god it did not happen. I have had that and it is no fun.

It is great to sit around the campfire at night for a very special reason. There are no bugs to speak of. The Pinery was created over an 8000 year period. It is comprised of 8 distinctive ridges of Sand Dunes.

Contrary to its name it is actually the largest of the few Oak Savannahs left in North America.
If any of you get a chance you should visit it. It is a very peaceful place. It is also open all year long. In winter it is a great place for cross country skiing, toboganning and skating.

We came back home totally refreshed. It was great not to see Highway 401 for over two weeks.

Thats it guys. Anyone else?

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#124619 - 07/25/03 11:20 PM Re: SUMMER
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In about three weeks we are going to the mountains in Colorado, where it is cool, quiet, the trout are biting (I hope) and the stars are bright.

I can hardly wait, we go every year, but I love it so much I am like a little kid jumping up and down from about now on out.

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#124620 - 08/10/03 11:27 AM Re: SUMMER
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YES!

Just got back from the final equestrian competition of the season, and guess who is the proud Dad of the season's Reserve Champion! With points from only two of her competitions counting toward the season awards (because we didn't know to register her), my daughter pulled a second place in the standings, second to a girl with points from all six competitions.

I'm so happy I could just smile. \:D

Went to a summer camp for a day with my oldest son this past Tuesday. We were canoeing on the Patuxent River. We had a great time, going up the river to a creek and well up the creek, checking out the scenery and learning about SAV (submereged aquatic vegetation), water quality measurements, wetland habitats, and just "stuff." The day had started cloudy and with even a bit of rain, but cleared up enough for me to get the traditional "red lobster" tan that runs in my family. \:\)

Not that the youngest has been neglected. He recognizes that I can be nearly any movie monster or dinosaur that the situation requires, and with a subtle roar he can let me know when it's time to play. He's good at the subtle roar, too. Some people in the barns complained this morning about the noise from our van in the parking lot while the two of us waited for the Reserve Champion and her mom to get back with the ribbons. I do a real good scream when I'm under attack, so it's possible the complaints weren't entirely directed at him.

My wife and I canceled a movie date a couple weeks ago to just get dinner and go to the beach, then drive around the back roads of the county chatting. I enjoyed that a lot more than Iwould enjoy sitting in a movie theatre being quiet. Especially since there aren't any dinosaur movies out right now. \:D

Mikey, thanks for starting this wonderful thread. Everytime I come here it lifts my spirits.

Thanks,

Joe

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#124621 - 08/10/03 01:59 PM Re: SUMMER
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Joe,

Way to go you proud papa and a big congratulations to your daughter. \:D

Mikey,

Your trip to Pinery Provincial Park sounded wonderful. I could use a long weekend away on a sandy beach and a couple of good books. With that park about a two hour drive for me, without any complications on the Blue Water Bridge, it sounds like the perfect getaway.

Bill

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#124622 - 06/30/04 10:33 AM Re: SUMMER
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Thought I would revive this. My wife and I are off to the Pinery Provincial Park again and I will report on my return. But some of my brothers must have stories already or plans and I think it would be neat to share them.

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#124623 - 06/30/04 11:52 AM Re: SUMMER
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OK, I'll take another stab at it.

We're in the midst of remodeling our basement. The one load bearing wall is still there, but the other walls, the ceiling, and the flooring are gone right now. This gave us access to the floors on the main floor, so we're running the cables for the home network now, too.

All of this is so Grandmom, my wife's mother, will have a place to live when she moves up here in August. We'll be driving down to get her and her stuff in late July/early August sometime. Probably the last trip we'll make to South Carolina for a while, since she won't be there anymore.

Oh, and she's bringing two dogs. We'll have to arrange some way for them to join the pack without too many expensive vet bills. Our Alpha male isn't going to give up "his" yard to any interlopers, judging from his track record, and one of hers has a bit of a mean streak. (Please, God, no multi hundred dollar vet bills. Thanks.)

The kids, especially my daughter, have an array of camps lined up for the summer. My oldest son has completed his summer reading requirement for school and is prepared to spend the next few months with GameCube if we let him. ;\) The youngest still likes to beat up Dad, sometimes as a monster, nowwadays sometimes as a "warrior." We'll start our young warrior on prune juice soon! "A warrior's drink."

Equestrian competition is much tougher this year, and we may miss an opportunity to get points when we go for Grandmom. Still, it's good that my daughter is able to do something that she enjoys so much.

Sometime this summer I'll have a chance to go fishing on the Chesapeake with the oldest as part of one of his camps. My wife bought me some SPF 250000 sunblock (put it on with a putty knife \:D ) for the occasion, but it won't be sufficient, I'm sure. I'll be red and whining.

Once Grandmom moves up here, my wife and I plan to let her get settled in and then get out by ourselves for an overnighter somewhere. We figure Grandmom should be good to go by the first weekend she's here. \:D Not sure what she figures yet, though.

I'll burn some sacrifices to the barbecue spirits, and maybe find people willing to eat some of them.

Summertime. Life, the universe, and everything.

Thanks again, Mikey. Have a great vacation!

Joe

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#124624 - 06/30/04 12:18 PM Re: SUMMER
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Man, I don’t know how I missed this thread, I must be getting old eh?

Every year my wife and the kids go to a place called Emerald Isle, North Carolina . The town is on an island that is about two blocks wide and thirty miles long below the Outer Banks .

We rent the the house right next-door to my mom and dad, close enough to see them whenever we want yet have our own space. We walk down to the beach every day and enjoy the ocean.

Sometimes we go to the aquarium , sometimes we go to Fort Macon , but all in all we just relax and enjoy the lazy beach atmosphere.

But I think this year I’ll track down Mikes place and stay with him!


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#124625 - 06/30/04 02:15 PM Re: SUMMER
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Roland,
Quote:
But I think this year I’ll track down Mikes place and stay with him!
Sounds easy enough. Just follow the trail from the melting igloo! \:D

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#124626 - 07/01/04 08:03 PM Re: SUMMER
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Today we went to the zoo and bought a family pass for the season. So I guess this summer I will be making friends with some turtles. I love turtles.

We have new neighbors and they are very friendly barbeque freaks so maybe I won't have to cook dinner much either. \:D

SAR


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#124627 - 07/02/04 02:48 AM Re: SUMMER
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Well, let's see, I started the summer in the hospital, and then recovering. Such fun!

Normally in summer, I would take three or four weeks off for vacation, maybe to spend time home with family, or here. But normally, the summertime is time to heal from injuries and start working on programs for next season. So summer is not less work then the rest of the year, but there normally is not the travel and all. Summer is actually more time to be at home!

Leosha

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#124628 - 07/02/04 02:43 PM Re: SUMMER
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Lets see, things that I do during the summer, boating, swimming, go to the park, camping, fishing, golf, annual parties, the fair, car and bike shows, events and concerts, and just about anything else that just happens to come up in between.
Those are things that I do in the summer to recharge.

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