Finally the last day of July and the last day of my photo-a-day in July project. I found it interesting that some days I was concentrating on getting the technical aspects of the shot correct while other days it was just capturing the moment. Most days I used my best camera, a Canon EOS D60 (very nice), but other days it was my little point and shoot that stays in my purse or even just the phone camera.

The last day of July we were still at the cabin. Anna and I made an early morning bicycle trip into Dorset for breakfast. It was only 5 miles but it was enough to work up an appetite.

July 31:

Mother-daughter time.

Breakfast was a one of our favorite restaurants, La Pasta. Anna loves their hot chocolate.

Chocolaty goodness makes this girl happy.


Later in the day we took the boat out and explored the far side of the lake. Ellie wanted a swim so we stopped and let her jump in.

Daddy fishes for his girl.

My always in-style teen….

Yes, that is braided weeds in her hair. I’m sure it will be the latest fashion rage once this post hits the web.

Monday we spent the day exploring the shops in a neighboring town since it was raining on and off. The highlight was walking around with bags of candy for each of us. The boys tried their hand at fishing in the evening, while the girls went out for treats.


Our last day was Tuesday and once again Anna and I were up early for a bicycle ride. We headed into Dorset and stopped for a rest and played a few games.

Anna beat me a checkers and most of the games of tic-tac-toe.

We kept going and made it all the way to Park Rapids (a total of 11 miles from the cabin). Needed another rest before heading back that included cinni-minis from the Burger King at the end of the trail. So proud of Anna for completing 22 miles!