Our family just got back from a fun weekend in Chelan. Every year we go around this time, both to participate in the Chelanman triathlon, and to spend time on the lake in our friends' boat. It's the perfect little mini vacation. The town is so cute and familiar, and the weather is always hot. We love the drive-in and we love the lakeside park. We camp in a ballfield at the high school and a shuttle takes us directly to the triathlon in the morning.
Every year I love the same exact things. I love camping with our cousins in the open field. I love sitting around in the evening and chatting. I love waking up to the bright sunshine and beautiful hills around the ballfield that seem to reflect the light of the sun. It's perfectly cool and breezy in the morning. Matt runs to get coffee very early before the rush, and brings me back a scone and a latte.
This year Matt and his cousin did the Olympic triathlon, which is a .9 mile swim, 26 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. The kids and I were their cheering squad. It is always quite an adventure running back and forth from the swim area to the road where you can best see the bike and the run. Next year I hope that I can do one of the triathlons, probably the Sprint distance.
Outside of the race, we had so much fun spending time in our friends' RV, going out to eat at Campbell's, and hanging out on the boat on Sunday morning. Despite a wind storm, nearby fires that blackened the sky, and an almost complete lack of sleep, it was a blast! Lucy was happy almost the whole time, even laughing and talking late into the night. She was having too much fun to go to bed. She was mostly excited by her newfound ability to crawl around, as well as our friend's dog Bentley. She may have said "doggie" a hundred times.
I must admit that I was pretty apprehensive to take Lucy on the boat. It is usually so relaxing, but I could not imagine it being quite as fun with a ten-month old. To my surprise, she actually had a lot of fun! She resisted the life jacket for a bit, but ended up relaxing as long as she had her pacifier-monkey and her mom's lap to sit on. We sped around the lake, did some wake-boarding (not me!) and found a quiet area to get out and float around. The water was cold, but so refreshing.