Summers in Minnesota. Has there ever been one that was as desperately longed for than the summer of 2014? I don't think so.
I just got back from the perfect summer activity, vacation “up north”, where I spent a week with my family (wife and three kids), my sister and her family (husband and four kids) and my parents. The most amazing thing though, was that even though we longed for summer time only weeks ago, and we had great weather this past week, I don't think we got sunburned but one time. The kids primarily dictate the schedules these days, with seven of them ages 8-15 they outnumber the adults. That being said, Disney channel (neither my sister nor myself have cable at home) iPods and card games dominated our schedule, all which were done in the cabin.
I look back at this and know the tragedy of our time mismanagement as we must remind ourselves that summer is short in MN, and that we shouldn't waste it inside. There are so many great activities within our chamber footprint, or within minutes of it. Go mini-golfing, hit a park for a picnic or family soccer game, or go check out the Como Zoo. If you do want to drive a little, head to Taylors Falls for some great hiking, root beer at the Drive-Inn and a canoe trip down the St. Croix River. These will all be memories for the Sanvick Family from 2014 as we look to get the most out of the remaining days.
Don't feel too sympathetic for our vacation, we did have a saving grace, which was a wife that forced us to put our technology down, and kids that enjoy golfing, which was the one activity we did a few times to tan our Scandinavian skin. Besides the trips above, I'm vowing to golf more in the months of July through September than I did in May and June, and I challenge you to do the same. In fact the Twin Cities North Golf Challenge is rescheduled for July 23, come and join us.
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