Last weekend my family (plus Uncle Paul) and our friends the Beldens camped at a cabin in Washburn, Wisconsin to attend a Nordic ski race called Book Across the Bay. The race — a fundraiser for a variety of services in the Chequamegon Bay Area — is from Ashland to Washburn, across Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. Thousands attend every year. Some walk, some run, some snowshoe, and most ski. If you live in the area, you should really think about attending. They light the entire way with ice lanterns, and when it gets dark, it looks like you’re following a line of little yellow stars across the lake.
Friday night, I dug out another quinzhee from a huge bank of snow from plowing the parking lot with help from the Belden boys, Sam and Ben. There was far more room inside than the quinzhee in Milwaukee, though not as deluxe as the one at home in Duluth.
Our good friends the Beldens and my Uncle Paul came along, too. On Saturday we hiked and played board games. We climbed around behind some frozen waterfalls, crawled in a little rock cave on the lake shore, and slid down super-steep snow slopes on our butts. Then we headed into Ashland for the race.
Overall, it was a well-spent weekend.
Stay tuned for the Q&A post later this week!