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July 5, 2017

July 4 - Independence Day Celebrations

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Discovery comes only to a mind immersed in its pursuit.” —Michael Polanyi
July 4th celebrations started on Saturday and ran for four days. For the most part, the weather was amazing...with a little rain tossed in to make things fun.

There were so many options on Saturday...we settled on a vineyard on the western shore of the lake. Americana Vineyard was celebrating with bands, food trucks, BBQ, beer and wine all day long with a firework show at 10:00. We headed over to the festivities around lunch...figured it wouldn't be too crowded if we went early. We got a nice place under one of the tents, an especially nice place to be since the weather was still a little threatening. We had a great time listening to the music, dancing, tasting their beer and wine, and visiting with the people around us.

We stayed until 7:30 and probably would have stayed for the fireworks if we had enjoyed their wine more. Most of their wines were too sweet for our taste. By leaving early we avoided the traffic...we knew we could watch fireworks from the back deck of the boat on Monday.
Just a little rain to add excitement to the fun...luckily it didn't last long.
We were stayed dry under the tent
A beautiful day after the rain
The winery
The ladies that shared our table...they were so much fun
Lots of options at the celebration
and lots of good music
and a lot of mud! It took five people pushing the car to get us through this mess. 
Sunday we planned on spending the day at the Treleaven Winery with more music and a picnic lunch, but when we got there we found out they were closed...too much rain and mud from the day before. No problem...we moved up the lake to Long Point Winery. Not a special place by any means, but their wines were good and they had a great view of the lake. We bought a bottle of wine and headed down to Long Point Park to enjoy our picnic, the lake and the afternoon. 

Our next stop was the little village of Aurora. Everyone we've met has told us about this cute little place and it didn't disappoint. I'll post pictures and information about this stop in another post. 
Our view of the lake for lunch for a peaceful afternoon
On Monday we mostly spent the day relaxing and watching boats come and go. We did venture out in our kayak in the afternoon to explore Fall Creek and Stewart Park. Then it was happy hour on the deck with the ladies we meet at the Americana Vineyard, dinner, visiting with dock neighbors and fireworks. We had the best seat in town on our back deck.  
Enjoying dinner on the flybridge
The fireworks were beautiful
The 4th finally arrived and half the marina took off for the lake. It was a wonderful day...hardly a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the upper 70's. After enjoying the activities on the dock, we took our dinghy out and enjoyed the lake also. Wow...what a great weekend and a great way to enjoy July 4th.
We found waterfalls even on the lake
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