So this past week, Dan and I have been at the (reportedly) “#2 Family Camp in the U.S.A.”, Camp Brosius in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. I don’t know about all that, but it’s a fun place where we have friends we’ve been seeing since 1993 and we hadn’t been there in 5 years. That last visit was the summer Tom was a counselor at Camp Brosius. Lots of good and bad stories from that last time. And good and bad from this time too, though we’ll stick with the good.
We were proud to arrive first, ten minutes early and about 9 minutes before the next car arrived, carrying the Sirotas!!! These are good family friends with Tom and Karina growing up in the same group of campers through the years. We were happy to see them and it had been so many years that their youngest looked about as old as their middle child was last time we saw them! I kept thinking I would call him by his brother’s name! He did teach us later in the week about Zombie Dice, which was awesome. His mom won the first two rounds but he finally beat her in round three. We also played Exploding Kittens.
We also had fun with all our Annex Friends. Scott and Vickie, Rick and Mary, John and Rosalba, Andrew and new friends too! We completed three, yes, 3, 1000 piece puzzles! And we read some good books, more on that later… We even won the Euchre tournament! Great prizes provided by Mary were shared by the top teams who split them making both teams happy campers!
Met new friend Kathleen and while we did not prevail in the Brosius Euchre Tourney or the Cornhole Tourny, we can say we held our own in the Cornhole arena. And we were playing young men. We thought we didn’t have a chance but held the lead for multiple rounds! In the end, they took us. But we had a nice long game tossing the bags back and forth. Also did some macrame with the craft group.
We ate a lot of great food and swam in the lake. We saw Elkhart Lake (the village), ate at the Mexican place in Plymouth (El Sombrero) – great food and staff, and shopped at Fleet Farm – discovered Dried Peas!! We did it all. Dan read more than me: On Tyranny, Hiroshima, Howard Zinn Conversations on History and Politics, and A Nation of Immigrants by Kennedy – all currently relevant. He’d read this last one in 7th grade and it’s eerily relevant. I read the first and half of the third books above. I was too busy puzzling for much more reading than that. But I was impressed with the On Tyranny so watch for a Book Review on that next week.
It was a good week of relaxing, not worrying about anything but chatting, enjoying the breeze, and eating with friends and family. Even took a nap one afternoon. It was lovely and we are grateful to Aunty Reetz for providing such a wonderful opportunity.
Next year, maybe we’ll get Tom there…