The parade was very nice and quite long (in a good way). I have my personal favorites, the veterans, the Shriners in the mini Model Ts, the Keystone Cops with the big inmates on the mini bikes, and the firefighters who spray the crowd with water at the end....so refreshing! We had a good time and the kids got some candy, saluted the veterans, and Kristin got a good soaking from the firefighters.
We had lunch at one of our favorite places, A&W, complete with carhop service (although we usually just eat outside on the patio). Nothing like a frosty mug of rootbeer on a hot summer day!! The kids love it and the old-fashioned carhop A&Ws are few and far between these days.
Then, it was beach time! We are lucky enough to have our place just steps away from the Lake and the beach. Swimming, collecting beach glass, seashells, sunning, people watching, and just plain relaxing are what we come for (beach pics tomorrow)!!
A few hours later -- very unexpectedly -- some very dark clouds started covering the beach. Slowly but surely people started leaving the beach -- especially when the raindrops gradually started coming down. It was okay, though, since dinnertime was approaching! Well, what started as threatening rain quickly turned into a rather scary severe thunderstorm with 60+mph winds. The Coast Guard actually came through and evacuated the water and the beach which we had never seen before. We do not have a basement or a good place to "take cover" so we just waited it out the best we could. The kids got a little bit nervous and, frankly, so did I! (As a side note, I also learned not to ever go on "Survivor" with my husband...but that's another story!)Earlier, there had been no forecast of severe weather so everyone was taken quite by surprise. After some tense moments, the storm slowly passed over and we were thankful the only repercussion was that we were left without power (prior to the storm it was hot...in the 90s...) Luckily, the power did not stay out more than an hour and the weather then cooled off quite a bit. This was important because the fireworks on the lake were scheduled for later that night.
In spite of the severe storms, the fireworks did go on as planned. It's soooo fun to be able to take a quick walk down to the beach from our place to sit and watch the fireworks* in the harbor and their reflection on the lake! No parking, no driving, no waiting, no major crowds....just fun! The fireworks did not disappoint either -- we are always amazed at how good they are for such a relatively small town. A short walk back and then we all went to bed right away (sometimes fun is exhausting)!! More to come!!
Kristin, Jacob and Megan waiting for the parade to start
We Salute the Veterans
The Shriners in their Model Ts
A getaway inmate with the Keystone Cops in the background
Please spray us -- we are HOT!!
A&W by the Lake - Lexington, MI
We Love the Root "Bear"
Ooooooo, Ahhhhhh, Ohhhhhhhh!!!!*I cannot take pictures of fireworks