When I showed up at lunchtime to pick up the guys, they were being treated to hot chocolate courtesy of Mama Pea, so Loch's first exposure to this kind of real work was rewarded by yumminess, so he thinks pretty highly of the whole event!
They must have done a great job because when we all met back up for the snowshoe hike in the afternoon, we had a beautiful clear trail.
Above, Chicken Mama showing off the beautiful off-grid cabin, the "Hafweh Haus" she built on Mama & Papa Pea's homestead. Below, Loch and Finn having a great time leading the pack.
Chicken Mama and Finnegan stopping to pose for the camera - her dogs Maisy & Tucker always near
We had a gift exchange, the kids received some nice duck/game calls that promply got packed at the bottom of the rooftop carrier when we left the next day, can you imagine 1300 miles of that LOL? I was hugely surprised by a wonderful gift of a deer hide - apparently Mama Pea & Chicken Mama remembered that I rescued a beautiful chair with great wood details on it from the curb last year and was in search of a hide to cover it with. They somehow got with hubby via email while he was out to sea to find the rough dimensions needed for it. Amazing! Now I am really worried about doing it justice... I have a lot of research to do. Or I'll tackle it when my mom visits, she is great with this stuff. I will post that when the project is near to fruition.
Every animal/fish in the state of MN/WI is represented here, most are taxidermied holding drinks or fries LOL!
So now I can say I've introduced my hubby and kids to winter in the place I want to move to someday, and they took it like champs, loved it even! Of course, the true test would be end of Jan/beginning of Feb, LOL!
There is no way I could ever thank my wonderful hosts for the week, but we are sure going to try! This trip confirms my belief that all us bloggers are really good people, after all, nobody is making us take the time to share ideas, advice, their families and lives with each other - we do it because we enjoy helping others and getting help and advice in return! What a great week it was, I have a feeling all of us would get along famously should we ever have a "convention"! I still say if I ever win the lottery I'm setting up a commune for us! Everyone seems to have different strengths and weaknesses they have made public already, so our private office elections should be a breeze!