On Friday morning we lazily checked out of our digs in Boyne, and made it home in plenty of time to unpack, go through the mail, start some laundry and get ready for our evening 5K.
This summer blew as far as taking care of myself. I never do well when I don't have routine, and there has been no routine to speak of at all this year. Instead of losing ten pounds, I gained ten pounds. I'm looking forward to school starting simply because I need some routine. I operate better in all ways. That being said - it was far from my PR (personal record), but I did better than everybody who didn't run.
We both have a goal of getting better times in October for the next 5K event.
On Saturday - Greg headed down to the Woodward Dream Cruise, and Wendy and I took turns with our volunteer shifts. She had the 8am shift and had fun all over town making signs, helping with kids games and kites and worked past her four hour shift to the point that I had to call her to get home so I could get up to my shift.
I worked the car show portion of the event for a few hours. It was the first year that we've been able to volunteer and we had fun. We'll definitely do it again.
After walking back home - the weather was looking iffy enough that we decided taking the boys up to the event would be a Sunday thing rather than a Saturday evening thing. Our little subdivision gets a little locked in with all the road blocks and traffic detours that driving anywhere over the weekend is a pain in the butt unless you're heading straight to the expressway. I stock up with what I need on Thursday and park the van all weekend. I've done it for years.
The bonus of waiting until Sunday to go to the festival is that Greg could join us. His last day off work and he's been on long days and seven days a week again ever since. He'll be working right through the holiday weekend as well. What a year.
When asked what our favorite part of the festival was this year, I answered the Ultimate Air Dogs. The announcer/host of this event was so patient with all the kids surrounding the pool and did a great job explaining and announcing all the dogs who jumped. The record jumper comes close to 30 feet. Lots of fun to watch.
We had also done the two story MiTrain hour long excurion train ride - but I didn't get any real good pictures of that. That ride came complete with a certificate of record stating that we were part of the first revenue service for these train cars in the entire state of Michigan. Kind of cool.
We made the mistake of walking down the street with all the food carts. We kept doing doubletakes when folks were walking by with this huge bowl of butterfly chips. It was $8 and plenty for all four of us to share. With our bowl in hand, we kept getting questions and doubletakes as well. They were delicious.
This just makes me laugh.
melon ice cream - check
melon purchased - check
melon jones soda - check
photo boards - check
train - check
festival food - check
people watching - check
It was a great year and an enjoyable end to dad's days off.