we tried to just walk in off the street to see star wars: the force awakens only to discover the theater recent started taking reservations for seats and all the good seats were sold out for the day. i didnt even know reserved seating was a thing that existed! at first, it was annoying to not be able to walk off the street and get seating, but i think knowing we can get in tomorrow with a group of six and not have to stress about where we will be sitting will be awesome.
so, we made our reservations for the next day and then tried out the new, fancy d-box seating that you can reserve for even more money. the seats move and vibrate with the action in the movie. odin thought it was AWESOME! i thought it was a distracting gimmick that felt like you were in a broken massage chair.
ironic, since nothing being played with was a xmas gift :-/
we decided to take a little hike pre-birthday hike up hogback mountain near marquette, michigan.
we didn’t know it at the time but some consider it one of the most difficult hikes in michigan. i don’t know about that, but it was challenging. the hard work was worth it though because the view of lake superior and the surrounding area was gorgeous.
super serious selfie alert! hiking and climbing and serious business 🙂
do yourself a favor and click through the panorama and view full sized on a large screen.
on vacation in michigan, enjoying the dunes and beach at p.j. hoffmaster state park.
it’s fun when cousins visit and even funner when they bring their dog! poika is being obstinate about not looking at the camera.
the kickapoo river is a 126-mile-long twisty turny tributary of the wisconsin river and gets its name from an algonquian word meaning “one who goes here, then there”. rolling down the river the low and slow river is one of the many highlights of the driftless region. because the region didn’t get razed flat by the advancing glaciers then dumped with drift they receded the river offers some spectacular views.
and it’s all the more fun when you roll down the river when family are visiting.
between intentionally goofing around and actually accidentally running into each there was a lot of contact on the river. i’m surprised one of them didn’t dump it. nope, that honor went to their mothers 🙂
it was absolutely gorgeous day. sunny, light breeze, warm but not hot and no bugs!
the ancient geography throws off a serious Enchanted Land where Faeries might Play vibe.
this here is what is known locally as river beer. i think not so much because it tastes like a river but because if you take a spill it’s not the end of the world if you lose a few in the river. but we don’t do that, leave no beer behind is my motto.
on the ride back from the landing in a packed bus of merry ( and tipsy ) river goers, odin notices the sign on the bus has the same number for the half a dozen services on emergency services sign. he thinks someone was trying to make an joke that he doesn’t get. i tell him there was a day when 911 didn’t exist and you had to call a different number for all the different services and the numbers were different from town to town. he gave me the man-the-olden-days-were-crazy look.
vacation is over and so are the epic minecraft sessions 🙂
evelyn, on the right, and odin originally had the same due date. i still remember the day she was born ( scroll down ). odin was already 99 days old and had his first post nicu pediatric check-up on that day.
odin is doing the best purposeful “goofy smile” he can muster.