Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lake Chelan



I just got home from one of the best most relaxing vacations ever! Our generous friends Ryan and Rachel invited us, along with our friends Ty and Emily, to their family's lake house at Lake Chelan in Washington. No kids allowed! Our trip began with a thirteen and a half hour drive, getting us to our destination at about 2:00 a.m.

We were up at around 7:00 the next morning to give wake boarding a try, something that was new to both me and Andy, and we were successful our first trip out!



After that, our vacation becomes a blur of wake boarding, jet skiing, leisurely boat rides, relaxing on a raft, relaxing on the dock, relaxing on the lounge chair, you get the picture. Half way through our vacation Ryan's dad Rod and his wife Cindy came to stay with us. They definitely have perfected the roll of host and hostess and showed us a great time. One of my favorite moments was when Cindy came into the house with a case of Dr. Pepper under each arm and shouted out "Mormon beer run!". We were also provided with enough snacks to feed a small army. Another highlight was some amazing mini cupcakes we were introduced to. If you are ever in Chelan, make sure you go to Blenderz and order some (the strawberry and butterscotch were my favorites). About 70 cupcakes in a 48 hour period isn't horrible is it?

On our last day we competed in a triathlon we had been concocting the entire trip. Couples competed together and the loser had to take a late night swim in the cold water. Event one was a raft ride, using oars, around the far out buoy. Event two was a swim, with life jackets being used more like a diaper, around the close buoy followed by a hand-held run around the house, and then back around the buoy again. And the final event was to pull your partner in a raft, and let them pull you back. Needless to say, we were all regretting our event choices about half way through. Our muscles, already sore from wake boarding, almost couldn't get us through.


Unfortunately, Andy and I took second place, losing to Ty and Emily, however we are contesting Ty's entry onto his raft. If we would have been smart enough to award the winner a prize we probably would have put up more of a stink. Ryan and Rachel enjoyed the late night swim. We had such an amazing time and before we knew it, Sunday had come and it was time to go home. It was for sure worth the long drive and we are already plotting our trip for next year.


Emily*Ty*Rachel*Ryan*Andy*Gina

Thank you so much Rod and Cindy for allowing us to take over your beautiful vacation home!


Goodbye Lake Chelan, hope to see you soon!

7 comments:

Rod said...

Gina...
Thanks for being FB friends and for sharing your blog. Loved reading the recap of your Chelan trip. I'm surprised you didn't mention all the skiny-dipping, wine tasting, and casino gambling. Oops... that was a different weekend with different guests. Never mind.

Looking forward to seeing you the next time I come to Herriman. And of course when you return to Lake Chelan.

Rod

liz said...

That looks like so much fun! I want to be invited next time!!!! :) You guys are party animals!

Julie Lloyd said...

you have inspired me to take a vacation san-kids! can't imagine what it would be like to remember who you used to be.

Jill said...

I'm totally jealous. What fun. Very impressed with the quick wakeboarding skills. We need to go sometime.

Dartay said...

Looks like such a fun trip, glad you guys got some kid free time! Those cupcakes look so yummy btw, and no, 70 is not too much!

Bryan Crew said...

Fun trip! I aspire to do that in a few years! I have to comment on the first day of school post. My Ethan's first grade teacher was also a lady by the name of Mrs. Knowles! Crazy! Hopefully we'll see you some time over the holidays...

Tiga said...

HEY! We saw you here! Those cupcakes we pretty amazing...I wish we could go back!

By the way- Andy- nice diaper life jacket...