This is a shot of the lake...so pretty :)
And here's one of me and my little Caydan. :) This was on our walk around the lake area. :)
It's been a little while since we took our vacation...so the details are already getting a little fuzzy...but either the next day, or maybe the same day....whenever it was, it was the next thing we did..........but we went to Dan's sister's house, Amy, to hang out with her and the kiddies in Smethport, PA.
This pic includes 2 of the 3 kids at Amy's house...Kolin and Katelyn.
Caydan discovered 4-wheeler fun...his first time on one and he absolutely loved it. Obviously it was a kid's sized one, but it went pretty fast. :)
Kolin showed him the ropes a bit and I caught a pretty darn cute moment here with the two of them:
Then Uncle Dan took Kolin and Katelyn for a ride on the big 4-wheeler...it took forever to start the 4-wheeler up because it hadn't been rode in awhile....but after about 2 hours of persistent effort, it finally got started up (I believe Amy's neighbor was the one who actually came over and started it...he's a pro I think). Right behind Amy's house is little wooded area with 4-wheeler trails and a little stream...and really steep hills and ditches that were a little scary for someone like me not too familiar with 4-wheeling......I actually got stuck in a giant mud puddle with just me and Caydan at one point out in the woods....a little freaky...but I managed to make it out after about 3 or so minutes.......
Here's a shot of Mimi and little Kolton (the 3rd of the clan) sitting on Amy's porch...
The next day we went and visited some more family during the day....Caydan went blackberry picking in their yard...unfortunately blackberry season was over and a combination of dried out berries, fallen berries, bird-eaten berries, and BEAR-eaten berries, resulted in only a handful of berries left for Caydan to pick....but he still managed to get a few in his cup. We then went into the house and I washed them off and sprinkled some sugar on them for Caydan...but when we tried to eat them, realized that the end of blackberry season leaves some pretty sour berries.......in the trash they went...but at least it was fun. :)
This is actually a REAL bear...trophy bear, hunted down and stuffed....yea...not my thing at all.....but the picture still came out cute. :)
Later that night went to Dan's Aunt Kim's house in Bradford, PA for a gathering of food and family...and a bonfire of course. You can't have a real PA trip without a bonfire...
Right behind and around Aunt Kim's house is a deer park where some guy raises them for hunting I believe.....so towards dusk all the deer came out of hiding to eat and they were just all over the hills and around the house.......I tried to get some pictures, but they were still a little too far for the zoom on my lens...if you look really hard you can see them though...
Emily (right) and Katelyn (left) are cousins and very close in age...plus they're the only 2 girls of their generation in this side of the family, so they get along very well and often run off to play on their own leaving the boys to play on their own. Here they're playing like little girls do on the side of Aunt Kim's house...Caydan liked to follow them around and try and play where they did...I don't think he quite understood yet that girls and boys play different things...Mimi loves to get in on the action and play with all the little ones....I love this pic because it has her and all the next generation little ones in the same pic, with her in the midst of the fun. :)
And here's little Zane, Dan's cousin Amanda's youngest boy...I absolutely loved taking pictures of him because he's just so darn cute and has the most GORGEOUS blue eyes.....reminds me a lot of Avery's eyes...Avery's were a little lighter with white specks, but they're pretty similar.
The end of the night resulted in roasting marshmallows and making smores....you know I can't be around a fire and not roast marshmallows........it just wouldn't make sense...what's the point of a fire if you don't use it for marshmallows???
It was a pretty big fire though...the guys were throwing big pallettes of wood in to burn so it was very hot and hard to get close enough to the fire to roast the 'mallows....you can see Katie rubbing her eyes on the right here because it burned a bit......makes for yummy smores though!