Our Last Vacation Day

Unfortunately all vacations have to come to an end.  Wednesday turned out to be a good day.  We spent the morning at the campsite – Tom going through the pictures he took earlier and me finishing the binding on my Celtic quilt and reading.

One of the books I read this past week was Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest novel, The Lost Quilter. It continues the tale of the fugitive slave, Joanna from The Runaway Quilt.  She  came to Elm Creek Farm via the Underground Railroad in 1859.  The new book chronicles her life after her return by slave catchers to her owner in Virginia.  This novel is centered  around the new quilt  that Joanna creates as she dreams of freedom and her return journey north.  In the quilt she skillfully hides clues to landmarks of the trail along the Underground Railroad.

Then in the afternoon we took the kayaks out again.  It was beautiful.  I can’t imagine anything more relaxing than gliding across the water in a kayak, listening to nothing but the sounds of nature.

Before we left to go kayaking Dan, the ranger at Forked Lake, invited Tom and I along with our RV neighbors, Harold and Charla,  to share some of his homemade clam chowder that he was making in the slow cooker that day.   (It’s a family recipe developed by his father).  So later in the evening we gathered at Harold and Charla’s campsite for  chowder.   It was great!

We decided to make it a progressive supper with dessert at our site.

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Tom, Charla, Harold, Dan gather at our camper

So we put together a dessert that we could cook outside.

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Tom’s apple crisp cooking over an open fire.

What a delightful way to spend an evening:  cooking over an open fire, gathering with friends and sharing a meal.

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The big finish!

We ended the evening with a slide show of Tom’s pictures of Forked Lake.

We’ve camped there since 2005.

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There’s always time to quilt!

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