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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heads or Tails



Heads Or Tails
Welcome to the June 23rd edition of Heads Or Tails! Week #96 -The theme/prompt for THIS week, June 23, is:TAILS - "Summertime memory"Since this is TAILS your summertime memory needs to be a real memory of yours. It can be a childhood memory, a memory from teens years or later. It can even be from last week.
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I love this one because we had a great summer vacation when I was growing up. I am the youngest of seven and we didn't do a lot of travelling when I was younger. I am certain this had to do with having a large family and saving money. Each summer in August, we went up to northern Wisconsin to a place called "Idle Hour Resort". It was in Lac de Flam beau. We would rent a cottage for 2 weeks. We got friendly with the owners and the other families so that eventually the same families came up every year. I always had friends to look forward to.

The cottage was old and had that cedar smell when you walked in, no air conditioning of course. It was off of a beautiful lake that we would go swim, water ski and fish in. The lodge had deer heads and antlers everywhere and a stuffed bear that was alive at one time, I never really liked that part but I did like the ice cold soda they had in the cooler in glass bottles, all flavors, black cherry, root beer, orange, lime. It was so cold and good, I can still taste it. Once a day I was allowed to go for ice cream, the owner whose name was Chuck would go to the back and scoop out of big tubs of ice cream. Butter pecan was my favorite, I don't think any ice cream ever tasted so good even now. There were activities every day such as "weeny roasts", " outdoor movies", " pot luck dinners". It was hot and buggy and it was the first time I got stung by a wasp, but I don't remember caring. My family was there all having fun, I had friends, a playground, the lake, at that time I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. I never even thought about going to Europe or California, I wanted to go up north every summer. We would take trips to the nearby towns and always I would get some cool treasure to take home. They had candy that looked like rocks, I loved those.

The ride up there could be tight since there were so many of us, but my Mom would have a special treat box and every 100 miles we were allowed to choose a treat. I had books and mostly I think I just slept. The ride home was always a little sad for me, the vacation was over. Which also meant summer was almost over and soon school would start, but for that 2 weeks every summer none of that mattered.

14 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Such summer memories can stay with you for life.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful memory from your childhood. The ones of family and friends are the very best.

Hootin' Anni said...

This was amazing to read. It was like I was there with you in your memory.

My HoT is now posted. Come join me...have a scoop or two!!

Skittles said...

First of all I love the name Idle Hour Resort. It seems like the name was perfect for your time spent there.

It's nice that we all take the best of those memories with us. :)

i beati said...

Precious precious memories treat box clever lady

Karen said...

What a wonderful story. I felt like I was there! Do you ever go back there?

MzzLily said...

Beautiful memory! I have a desire to see Europe, Africa, Asia, etc.. But they are way down on the list, so I'll probably never make it. There's too much I want to see right here in America! Alaska, Minnesota, the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, New Orleans, etc...

Kris said...

Isn't it amazing how just the simple things were all we wanted as children...and as we grow up they get exceedingly complicated....

Lani said...

this is really a great memory!!!!
and how wise of your mom to serve treats every 100 miles. :-)
Hugs
L

Ayie said...

memories are good to cherish and keep.

AL said...

How nice!

AL

Kris said...

I have something for you over at my place even though you already have one lol...

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful post - what special memories!

Kelly said...

What a wonderful memory!