Saturday, June 25, 2011

Adventures in Gerken Land

The Smith-Krause house left Monday to head to Anne Thurmond's family cabin outside Omaha, NE at Woodcliff Lake. It was a good drive since we could spread the kids and adults out between the two cars.

Anne and I went running a couple of mornings while we were there, and Jeff and Jon had an adventurous bike ride where the women had to come to the rescue. They do sure look cute in their matching jerseys!
Our first night there, we were fortunate enough to be caught in quite a storm. The power went out until the afternoon of the next day because trees were uprooted and broken branches took out a powerline. Luckily power was restored the next day!

We went over to Anne's Aunt Diane's house the next day. Her husband John and Diane herself are accomplished big game hunters. They have a museum of sorts in their home of all their trophies. I have never seen anything like it. I couldn't help but take a bunch of pictures and forward them along to my dad.
We also drove into Omaha where we went to the Omaha Zoo to meet Jon's brother Cliff, his wife Angie, and their two kids Emery and Miles. They all came back to the lake with us after our zoo trip.

Anne had us make a pitstop on the way to a restaurant so the kids could stand on this amazing bridge which had the state line dividing Nebraska from Iowa.

The next day was the first really nice day at the lake. We spent the majority of the day on the beach playing in the sand or in the water. The kids even put on a show for us- the play even had a message about kids who don't listen to their parents. How appropriate!

We are so thankful for the time with Jon, Anne, and Adam and getting to know Cliff, Angie, and their kids. A great time was had by all.

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