|The birthday girl got to hold Hannah|
|The girls walking to the beach|
|acting silly in the car on the way|
|they took turns burying each other in sand|
|new dress for Maya|
|later birthday cake with some of the cousins|
|With Aunt Shanna|
|playing dress up|
|We bought Maya a floating frog: good news, does not need to be blown up. Bad news, heavy when saturated with water|
|the girls had fun floating on it|
wouldn't support two of them though
We had almost perfect weather this weekend, almost perfect as it sprinkled on us though the sun was shining at the lake and we could hear very distant thunder. Unfortunately, Allie is phobic about loud noises and screamed bloody murder. She had to be taken to her car until the thunder could not be heard. For Maya's birthday, she wanted to spend time with her girl cousins particularly Tessa who is closer in age.
The water was clear enough to see schools of minnows swimming around their legs. The girls played nicely together. This lake is quite shallow for at least 30 feet so it was safe letting them splash around.
Josh treated us to dinner. By that time, Naomi's travelling partner had joined us. Then home to have cake and presents. Shanna and the boys joined us there.
I have had to abandon my favorite Sunday morning loop. They blew up a bridge I depend on this week and it won't be replaced until the end of summer. Rats. So I tried a new route. I wanted to bike across the state recreation area we had went swimming at the day before. There were hints that I could approach it from the western edge and take a path into the park. I looked all over the place for that magic access point. All I could find was a mile long single track mountain bike trail that was steep, sandy, and full of poison ivy and tree roots. Not pleasant at all going on it and I wasn't sure if I ever would hit pavement. I finally found a mountain biker who told me I had another quarter of a mile to go. I tried to avoid the poison ivy. It takes two days to react to it so fingers crossed. Instead of my 32.5 mile loop, it was close to 47 miles or even more as my odometer wasn't functioning in the woods. Oh well, I need to get used to the distance but I hadn't eaten so I was getting sort of weak.
Early in the ride I found a wallet in the middle of the road. The owner must have had his license all of one week before losing it. When I got back, I did some detective work to find this 16 year old. He had all sorts of privacy settings on his Facebook account so I am not sure if that message will ever get through to him. Fortunately he has a very unusual last name, easy to trace. He had a house phone. Eventually I got a hold of his mother who seemed to expect me to deliver the wallet to her. Nope, they can come get it. Was he grateful? Not particularly. I assumed he had left his wallet on the roof of his car as it fell off within a half mile of his house. He said his seatbelt was stuck in the door so he opened it in the middle of the road and somehow the wallet fell to the pavement. Not sure he even knew it was gone. Oh well, my good deed for the day.