It was raining when we headed out on Thursday, and rained quite hard for much of the way. We stopped at a McDonalds about halfway into the trip and enjoyed coffee and muffins as we continued to travel north.
By the time we arrived at the cabin, the rain had slowed to a drizzle and we were able to unpack the van without getting anything wet. Then, Mr. T started a crackling fire in the fireplace as we settled in. What a treat that was on a chilly, drizzly day!
The rain had picked up again during the night, but Friday morning was very windy as the storm began to clear out. After good quiet times in God's Word and in prayer, we took a walk and were very thankful we had brought our winter coats! We walked as far as the public boat launch, which was a good walk. Just as we approached the beach area, we saw a very large bird come in for a landing.
It was a blue heron! We sat at a picnic table on the beach and watched it for awhile; it stalked along the shore but kept at a good distance from us. We headed back to the cabin, and on the way Mr. T spied the heron again, on the lake shore right next to a house. He was able to get a a fairly good picture of it.
Later, we took another walk --one that Charlotte had told us about on Murphy Dam at Lake Francis. It was still breezy and getting cold as we walked, but it was a lovely walk and one that we would (and did) do again.
|Lake Francis, seen from one side of the dam|
|The village in the distance, seen from the other side of the dam|
|Stuffed French toast, sausage patties on the side|
|View from the dock|
|One of my cross-stitch projects|
The next morning we got everything packed and headed out in time to get to the church service we'd planned to attend. After a lovely and leisurely lunch with friends, we drove home in a light drizzle -- the prelude to Sunday night's big storm.
What a wonderful getaway it was! We felt thoroughly refreshed and are so thankful for the quiet and restful time God gave us up north.