On Golden Pond

by Chris on June 29, 2009

We just returned from a long weekend up north.  One of my friends just told me that out-of-staters don’t know what “up north” means.  Basically, when you go to any northern part in the state of Michigan, it’s called “up north”.  Maybe I’m not sure what she means by that…

Anyway, we stayed at my friend’s cottage.  When we got there, I knew immediately it wasn’t your “average” cottage.

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Our friends also have Maximus’ sister.  So…we shared the cottage with two bullmastiffs.

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The view from the cottage.  You see that little fake owl on the dock?  It took Maximus three days to get within a couple of feet of it.  Good guard dog, eh?

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There’s “our” cottage in the middle.

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The inside is just about as good as the outside.  This is the view when you walk in the front door.  We sat out there to have our morning coffee and talk about our solutions to life’s problems.  It’s quite easy to do that when you’ve got that view.

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The beat up living room that my friend is ashamed of.  Believe me…we weren’t in this room much.

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I don’t think I got a good picture of it, but they just re-surfaced the island with large beadboard paneling.  It’s gorgeous!

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They like to entertain lots of family and friends up there, so they have tons of seating and easy access hangings.  I love the laid back nature of the place while still looking put together.

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The colors are so complementary, huh?  Nice chandelier.

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This was the room we stayed in.  At their cottage.  The guest bedroom.  It’s more put together than mine is!

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My favorite room of the house.  The bathroom.  They have another one downstairs for the kids, but this is the adult one.

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I could NOT stop staring at the hooks in here!  It’s all paneled beadboard behind it with 8-inch baseboards everywhere.  Sooo nice.

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The owner’s dad did all the custom woodwork in the house.  He’s also the one who built our mudroom lockers.

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Yes.  It’s a sink.  But a reeeeally pretty one!  I stared at it every time I brushed my teeth.

IMG_5771 Don’t let the house tour mislead you.  We did enjoy the water.  I had to use my daughter as a ploy to get us to go slower.  My first time out, I barrel rolled twice.  And had my suit bottoms wrapped around my ankles once.  Thank the lord for deep water.

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And last but not least, Maximus surprised us all and proved that he can swim.  Who knew? 

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