• Jeanie

    Is that Leta baiting a hook? With a WORM?

  • Rachel Sea

    Marlo looks very excited about her paper towel tube. I feel like there is a story there.

  • Nancy Sorensen Raffetto

    Did you make it to Famous Dave’s? The original Famous Dave’s? Where they serve their
    All-American BBQ Feast® on a pristine garbage can lid?

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    (Can you tell I am so thrilled you got to have a proper break?)

  • Ali

    We just moved from Boston to western TX. Boston is not, uh, the friendliest place so we spent half our roadtrip here commenting on the “weird, creepy” helpfulness of everyone*.

    *I’m a Georgia girl but have not lived in the south in over 15 years so I forgot that is normal not the “no eye contact, let the door slam in your face, bless your own sneeezes” north

  • Heather Armstrong

    We did indeed! I grew up with Memphis BBQ so it was not the best like they claim, but it was damn good.

  • Alexsulliv

    The family photo of you 3 is awesome, you look so happy and in the moment!

  • Karen Au

    What is the paper towel roll story? And was that water as cold as it looks? I live in Hawaii so seeing the girls swim in that lake made me shiver.

  • Kate C.

    I like living in the midwest – glad you had a nice vacation here and survived the mosquitos. This really is a terrible year for them. Also – I went to college with Famous Dave’s son. Very nice people (as you’d expect!)

  • Nancy

    NOTHING beats Memphis BBQ. But it is either our BBQ or no BBQ at all…

  • Manisha

    I live in Minneapolis and spend most weekends in north central Wisconsin. I’ve lived in many places including a nice little hill station near the Himalaya Mountains. I can honestly say that living in Minnesota/Wisconsin is the best! I choose to live here and would be heartbroken if I had to leave. I do come to Moab, Utah once a year and am always struck by the stark differences in the landscape. I’m so glad you came up north and I’m glad you had a great time!!!

  • Kylene

    I miss growing up in that part of the world. Except for the winters. I do not miss the winters. The winters are why I now live in South Carolina. But looking at your photos in this post, I kept thinking, “Oh, that looks like home! That looks so wonderful.” Those thoughts were followed by, “I think my parents own a house in that town…..” Yup. Pretty sure they do. I sure hope you stopped at the Norske Nook for pie!

  • MamaRobot

    I love Minnesota.

  • Sarah

    I’ve lived in the SLC area for 4 years now after living 13 years in midwestern college towns. I’ve *almost* broken the habit of sometimes commenting on the weather, or how crowded the train is, or whatever on Trax. I can be sitting with 2 people facing me and another right next to me and it’s like I’m invisible or something. Where do they think they are, New York City?

  • Teal

    I’m from Indiana, and proud of it. We have a long history of being friendly and approachable. We also have some awesome regional food! Tenderloins & green rivers. Mmm…

  • Meg

    The kids look great, so big, adults all good, but I am most relieved to see Basie is doing well. Did she bond with Marlo as much as Marlo (I’m sure) wanted her to?

  • Jenay Hoover

    Leta is all arms and legs in every picture, she is such a beauty!! You must spend a fortune keeping her clothed ha ha!! She is really growing!! And Marlo, what can I say about that girl other than the stories you tell about her come through the page all over her face. The concentration she is showing when her friend is putting the worm on the hook made me laugh out loud because you know what all she is thinking… and it’s all ornery! Your girls look so happy, and so do you! Congrats on such a wonderful family!!

  • Jessica

    I love this! Yes, we happen to be some pretty nice people here in Minnesota. I have lived here my whole life and just thought that is the way everyone is. I quickly learned that was not the case when I traveled out of state. Hope you enjoyed your stay….it is hot and humid here now!

  • sweetteaplease

    the picture with the platform and the sun set, that on is a framer for sure!

  • Emily

    Angler’s!!!! I know *exactly* where you were, and have many (many!) happy memories of weekends spent at a friend’s cottage very very near there. (Ok – and not so happy memories of the accompanying mosquitoes. ) And yes, having lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota Nice is definitely a thing…as is making sure to have bug spray in your car just in case you end up outside and hadn’t planned on it.

  • Sarah

    I was born and raised in MN. We are such helpful and nice people that we scare my Rhode Islander husband a little bit. He’s never quite sure what to make of all that niceness as it may be a trap.

  • Cheryl Gill

    Hayward, Wisconsin is one of my favorite places in the world!

  • julie

    Marlo’s face behind that fish is just priceless!

  • Marie McDowell

    Oh, the picture of you and the girls………..breathtakingly beautiful and so full of joy. LOVE!

  • KristenfromMA

    Heather, you’re not tanned, are you? Are you?! You look tanned in that picture! (You look great, except TANNED!)

  • Heather Armstrong

    I wore sunscreen all week. I could walk around in a fireproof spacesuit and still get sun. It’s infuriating.

  • KathyB

    Beautiful vacation with lovely families. Hope the water has warmed some. Great pics. And the mosquitoes did not drain you all dry. Marlo the water puppy must have been in heaven with the lake to surround her.

  • Nik

    We have a place on Grindstone! Please tell me you took those girls to Tremblay’s?