Campfires forge great bonds (no S’mores needed)

Our North Shore camping trip was with our largest group yet (19!), and included Elizabeth’s dad’s whole family! “Grandpa Jerry” had his sister, her whole family, plus all his kids and grandkids (-1, Julia, who opted for a week in Florida. Teenagers?!).

No need for s’mores

We were especially happy the Illinois clan made the trek, since for their meal, they brought (get this) Portillo’s Italian Beefs, sides and the most amazing chocolate cake you have ever eaten. Proof: No one had s’mores when that cake was around! And also the people were a lot of fun, ha:

Cousin Maggie and her Tye, native of South Africa. He was smitten with the North Shore, and helped us all see its wonders through his eyes!
Cousin Maggie and her Tye, native of South Africa. He was smitten with the North Shore, and helped us all see its wonders through his eyes!

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Hiking on the rocks, exploring Gooseberry, touring the Duluth harbor by foot and by boat, making meals, and especially around the campfire, we all realized that campfires together forge great bonds. Thanks for all the laughs and memories, fam.  Some of my favorite images of our precious time together…

Howie, Cara and their hors e'oeuvres.
Howie, Cara and their hors e’oeuvres.

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 Gooseberry Falls!

No mention of diving, however...
No mention of diving, however… 

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matt in falls

Back at the campfire, we really raised the bar with the annual talent show. Poetry, songs, magic, comedy and of course the girls’ theatre production…

Eric and Dave as Abbott and Costello in "Who's On First." It was great, but the scriptwriting and performance by Allie and Cara won the grand prize!
Eric and Dave as Abbott and Costello in “Who’s On First.” It was great, but the scriptwriting and performance by Allie and Cara won the grand prize!

 

Little Lucy loved her first camping trip! (Well, it didn't start out that way, but she was a happy camper by Sunday.)
Little Lucy loved her first camping trip! (Well, it didn’t start out that way, but she was a happy camper by Sunday.)

 

Grandma got them started on embroidery! Way to go, girls.
Grandma got them started on embroidery! Way to go, girls.

 

Hats off, Davey, you organized another awesome reunion camping trip. Love you all.

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