Over the weekend, Tom and I headed Up North . . . to our cottage on the lake.
It's out a ways from town; secluded, but not remote.
Baldwin . . . is the nearest town to our lake cottage. It's about a 7-mile drive to the nearest grocery store and 10 miles to the "town center." Some weekends, we never get close to town -- except for the drive in and the drive out.
But this weekend . . . was Troutarama weekend in Baldwin. Something we usually avoid! (Except one time . . . about 10 years ago now . . . when Brian and I went to town for an errand, not realizing it WAS Troutarama weekend . . . and got all caught up in the parade.)
We go Up North to get away -- and Troutarama tends to draw a nice Lake County crowd. After all, Troutarama is Baldwins's biggest festival weekend (2nd only to the Blessing of the Bikes in May)! Troutarama means . . . Carnival rides downtown. A parade on Saturday. (Of course) a fishing derby. The annual softball tournament. Community spaghetti dinners. Live entertainment. A beer tent.
And . . . a 5K!
Tom and I decided to run the 5K this year. (If you look closely in the photo above, you can see a little ferris wheel. That's part of the carnival "midway" set up through the middle of town!)
Tom was completely charmed by the Troutarama 5K logo . . .
His favorite things! He was All In!
It was a brutal course, though. Dirt roads. Some nasty hills (on the dirt roads). Not. Fun. Neither of us ran well.
But . . .
Good Enough . . . to "sweep" our age group -- where each of us took first! (One of us more impressively than the other. But still. . . )
How fun was that?
We did skip the rides, the parade, and the beer tent, though . . . and headed back to our cottage for some rest and relaxation! (And, yeah. A beer from the fridge.)
I call it . . . Lakearama!