Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of july recap: part 1

Happy belated Independence Day!  We spent the weekend celebrating America's birthday with our good friends (and awesome hosts), Chris and Emily, at Chris' family's lakehouse on Lake Erie.  We had the best time!

On the 4th, we took a ferry over to Put-In-Bay to explore for the day.  The typical modus operandi, as we were told, is to take the ferry over and rent a golf cart to get around once you arrive on the island.  You wouldn't believe how many golf carts we saw over there!  We rented our own (the infamous Clarabella) and drove all over the place on it.


We arrived on the island just in time to watch a ceremonial firing of an old cannon.  This was to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.  I knew pretty much nothing about the Battle of Lake Erie before this trip, but the history nerd in me came out in full force.

{learning about the War of 1812 from a guy who looks like he knows what he's talking about}

This memorial stands out above the rest of the island and is a symbol of two hundred years of peace between the US, Canada and Great Britain.  We took an elevator to the top for some incredible views of the lake.


It was such a perfectly clear day that not only could we see some Canadian islands, but also the Canadian mainland!  I was very excited on behalf of my Canadian-Texan friends to spot their Motherland :)

We spent the rest of the day exploring the rest of the island - check back on Wednesday for part 2 of our trip.  And be sure to stop by tomorrow - I'm co-hosting a giveaway that you won't want to miss!


  1. That looks like so much fun! I love your dress, too!

  2. Thanks! It's an oldie-but-goodie from Target :)

  3. Lovely Lake Erie!! We lived on it (in Erie PA) for two years.
    But these photos look more like New England than Ohio :)
    Putting it on my list of places to visit within a day's drive!

  4. That must have been so great living on the lake! I loved how much warmer it was than Lake Michigan (the only other Great Lake I've been to) - we could actually get in and swim! I'm too much of a wimp to swim in Lake Michigan until around August :)