Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July 4th at Bear Lake

For our four-day holiday weekend we decided to spend some time at Bear Lake. After work on Thursday, Oliver and I decided to head up to Bear Lake. We camped our first night at the Cottonwood campground. The only thing that Oliver promised is that we wouldn't be setting up camp in the dark - after some car trouble and a late start you can see from the pictures below that we barely made it.




But we spent a great night looking at the stars and walking along the beach and if you can't tell that is the lake right in front of our tent. We made friends with our neighbors and shared their fire to make S'mores. We read and talked and enjoyed some much needed relaxation.

The next morning we got up and I read while Oliver went swimming in the lake. Oliver's parents came up around lunch time and we packed up camp and headed into town where his parents got a room for all of us to stay in for the rest of the weekend.


Now the picture below shows you a little about the weather on the 4th of July - it looks like it was snowing! But - it really wasn't. The winter was so late that the cotton was just starting to fall off the trees and it was absolutely everywhere. YUCK! But we went down to the beach anyway and had lunch and swam and played and enjoyed a very relaxing day and evening with Oliver's parents.


The next morning (Saturday), Taylor and Emily came up to Bear Lake to join in our fun. We rented a boat and spent a day on the water. Now, let me preface our experience by letting you know that none of us have really ever driven a boat. The last boating experience Dave was a part of involved a house boat at Lake Powell (some of you will understand this reference) and so we were all a little nervous. Oliver was the first one on the inner-tube and Taylor only had to pull him once before the lining got ripped off the tube, Oliver made a pretty racy comment and we all headed back to the dock for another tube.


But after we got a new tube, Taylor and Emily took a turn on the inner-tube together. Many laughs were had and some great stories will be remembered - they just all don't need to appear on the blog...

Then we even got Mom Heidi to tube. Now, for those of you who have never tried a wetsuit, we always make fun of Oliver for wearing his. But then, we all tried it, and we are all convinced it is the best thing ever. Mom Heidi wore it, Taylor wore it, Emily wore it, and Heidi and Oliver wore it - we love it!

Then Oliver and Heidi tried to tube together - as you can see it was quite comical...So we ended up going separately which worked out way better!

Dad even took a turn which is a whole different hilarious story...

We also skied quite a bit. This is a picture of Taylor on two skis. The water was so choppy that Taylor and Oliver were able to get up slalom skiing but not do a whole lot. Emily and Heidi also got to two ski and we had so much fun! Part of our skiing difficulty was that we don't really know how to drive a boat and part of that is that it was the afternoon and the coveted glass water is best first thing in the morning.

After a long day on the lake we cooked dinner and sat around and visited. Oliver flew his kite and we relaxed. There were fireworks both nights we were up at Bear Lake and we even went into town to get shakes. Sunday morning we had breakfast on the beach, went to church as a family, had lunch at the park and made the journey home...

We hope your 4th was as fun, funny and memorable as ours and we hope that you had a chance to reflect on all the blessing that we so freely enjoy...

7 comments:

Dan said...

It looks like you guys had a blast. We love going to Bear Lake and we're totally jealous. Hope to see you soon.

Love, Dan & Lisa

Tyson & Martha Gerber said...

I love Bear Lake. Sorry we were never able to get together, but it seems you had as much fun as Ty and I did. I really need to post my pictures.

Emily said...

Um nice post, but some of those pictures aren't very "appropriate"...
TWeed

Deidre said...

It looks like tons of fun but I can't help thinking that water must have been COLD!

Linzy said...

Yeah, Cody hasn't said anything to me about the party! I'll ask him but will u give me the details on my blog? I'm not sure of the exact model of our camera, I know it's a cannon and he has an extra lense for it.

Jared and Reini said...

hey girl! sorry i have not called. we are leaving today and will be gone until sun, so when we get home i will. hope everything is going well. the blog is fun! we need to have a game night sometime.... it's been a long time.
love ya!

Olson's said...

Oliver you are buff! I guess that is why you will get super preferred rates on your life insurance!! Fun to catch up with you guys

TJ