Well after a great weekend of relaxation and fellowship, we reluctantly retuned to the big city. Read on for the synopsis:

We gathered and left Joel and Heather's around 6:45 on friday. After a quick 2-hour tour through west-central Minnesota, we arrived at the Anderson household. The rest of the evening was filled with coffee, chatting, and laughing. After a good night's sleep, Saturday was split between relaxation and boating. The wind was quite fierce on the lake, so *all* of the boat traffic was confined to the 1000' of lakeshore on the calm side of the lake - this meant for some interesting boat driving. After we all had enough of the sun and water, we enjoyed a nice Taco supper courtesy of the Johnsons. Watched The Last Castle...it was my first time seeing it, and I enjoyed it. I probably wouldn't put it in my top 15, but it was very worthwhile.

Another good night's sleep was had Saturday night, as we collectively decided to be heathens and not attend church :-). Sunday proved to be an interesting day, as we ended up being in a Tornado Warning for several hours in the afternoon. Nothing really became of it at Lake Florida, as all the tornadic stuff went about 10 miles to our east. Nevertheless, it provided some excitement for the afternoon. After the winds and rain calmed down, we broke out the grill and had an All-American supper of hamburgers and corn on the cob.

Our drive home tonight provided a bit more excitement, as we drove through torrential rain 75% of the way. Thankfully, we were able to get home safely.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

One more addendum, Dan gave me a bottle of Possman's applewine for the weekend - it was suburb. It's imported from Frankfurt, Germany. Jed and I had it Saturday night. It's actually not too far off from the cider I made about a year ago. Perhaps I'll try and make a batch of applewine this fall. I could cellar it and bring it out next summer - the stuff is very refreshing, and would be great to drink on a hot summer afternoon.