Journal entry – 4 July 2015, Sat

Journal entries are just that – the digital copy of my hand-written entries in my journal. If you aren’t interested in the daily details of our adventure, feel free to skip on to the next “regular” post.

After last night’s festivities we slept in late. Had coffee on the porch, soaking up the morning sun. Then it was time to hit the road. We’re switching up our training plan for the week due to the holiday events – so for today we’re aiming for 30ish miles and hit 22. Paused in Oconomowoc to walk through the farmer’s market, though we didn’t have any cash with us. Then back to the cottage to begin preparing for tonight’s 4th party at the Merz’s house.

Joni was baking so to prevent traffic jams in the kitchen Ashley grabbed a shower while I hopped in the lake for a cool-down swim. After drying off in the sun on the pier I headed to Piggly Wiggly for bacon. Joining everyone else in the county, apparently. Only having one item allowed me to jump up and check out at customer service.

Ashley had begun baking cookies when I returned and with her and Joni both working it was full in the kitchen so I stayed out of the way and got some journaling and typing done.

Once they wrapped up I jumped in and put together the jalapeno poppers.

When everything finished we all headed over to the Merz’s. We had a fabulous time: food was delicious (ribs, sausages, and more) and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Their whole family is just great!

We went out on their pontoon a couple of times and even got to see the boat parade while we were out.

As it grew dark we settled on the neighbor’s boat-house deck to watch the fireworks. We could see 3 sets over the trees, in addition to what the neighbors were shooting off. Great show and a fabulous way to see it!

After returning home Ashley and I sat out on the pier for a bit and watched the lights on the lake. Boats returning home, a couple of houses launching fireworks and across the channel someone was releasing chinese lanterns.

We are definitely blessed to have this adventure and to share it with such fabulous family and friends!