redneck birthday party

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And, Aunt Nay is always a pro with the lighter.

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Did you notice the AirVenture Windsock Rebecca found at Oshkosh?

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We’re thankful the Lord has blessed us with Rebecca’s smile for 15 years!

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We’re also especially thankful that Aunt Nay could join us. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly after Rebecca’s last birthday party and recently finished several difficult treatments. Praise God, she’s cancer-free now!

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Rebecca invited family members to bring their firearms for some target practice. That’s her idea of a party:)

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Uncle Ron couldn’t come, but he lent his skeet thrower. Both Rebecca and Christian successfully shot the clays Dad tossed!

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I think even Uncle Matt enjoyed this redneck party!

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Thank you, family, for celebrating Rebecca’s birthday with us!

8.10.14

Returning to Michigan

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Back on the Michigan side, we stopped at one of my favorite Lake Michigan beaches along US 2 just west of St. Ignace.

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Our young people have certainly grown since we last walked this beach 3 years ago!

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Since we couldn’t fit that Sheboygan boulder in the car, this souvenir must suffice for Grandma.

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And finally back across the Mackinac Bridge after a week of Wisconsin adventures.

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US 2 beach
west of St. Ignace, Michigan
skipping rocks
footprints
smooth sand
bubbly, lapping waves
refracted light
sunset on shimmering water

the “other” side of Lake Michigan

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It felt so strange for me to view Lake Michigan from Wisconsin. I understand conceptually and geographically that the State of Michigan does not own Lake Michigan, and that Illinois and Indiana also border this Great Lake. It just seems odd to my Michigan-born mind that Lake Michigan could be viewed from any place other than Michigan. Juvenile, I know. Anyway, I learned this August that Lake Michigan looks about the same from Wisconsin as it does from Michigan.

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Kind B&B owner Steve indicated that we’d find a pier at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where we could visit the “other” side of Lake Michigan. So we detoured a bit on our way home, discovering Deland Park.

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Rebecca suggested this boulder should join Grandma’s rock collection, but we figured such a souvenir might not fit in the Pacifica with our luggage. Sorry, Grandma!

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Sailboat race?

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Martial arts on the pier, of course.

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I realized Rebecca was still wearing her AirVenture admission bracelet. You can probably take that off, now, Flygirl:)

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Driving north along Wisconsin’s coastline, we stopped briefly at Silver Creek Park in Manitowoc for another Lake Michigan view.

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Lake Michigan
Deland Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
&
Silver Creek Park
Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Retrieving Rebecca

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On Thursday we retrieved Rebecca from her Women Soar You Soar Aviation Camp and entered the AirVenture grounds one last time.

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I had dropped her off Monday as a 14-year-old, and she returned to us as a mature 15-year-old:)

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A different view of the ATC tower Rebecca toured earlier in the week.

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Another fleeting Thunderbird sighting.

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Christian visited the MakerPlane exhibit several times during AirVenture. He had researched this organization before our trip and also attended a forum/seminar regarding MakerPlane’s open-source theory.

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Both he and Rebecca flew the MakerPlane flight simulator.

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At Rebecca’s request we toured the warplanes area before we departed.

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We were all weary of walking many miles each day. Time to go.

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EAA AirVenture 2014
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Lovely Lodging

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We lodged at a lovely bed & breakfast during our Wisconsin vacation. This was the peaceful view from our room’s tiny private balcony.

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Although Tauschek’s Bed & Breakfast was an hour drive from Oshkosh, this separation from hectic AirVenture festivities was vital to our sanity.

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If you ever find yourself near Plymouth, Wisconsin, please consider staying with the Tauschek family. Steve and Mary Jane are kind, caring souls who provide delicious home-cooked breakfasts and comfy lavender-scented bedding:)

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July 2014
Tauschek’s Bed & Breakfast
Plymouth, Wisconsin