A quieter 4th of July

Sunset over Peltier Lake_StaatsThe long 4th of July holiday weekend has kept us in the Twin Cities.  Rather than hurry to a northern lake, we decided to relax at home and make some shorter excursions.  Between early morning bike rides, a Twins baseball game, and some tasks around the house and yard, we’ve enjoyed a relaxing weekend.  On the evening of the 4th, we took our boat to Peltier Lake, one of the lakes near the edge of the metro area.  The wind had been gusty all day and there was a threat of rain and storms, but it looked promising.  As the sun set in the west it seemed to divide the lake and the sky.  The clouds to the south kept that area in the dark, while the break to the north let the sun reflect off the sky and onto the water, almost a split-screen effect.  The fishing was good, the weather held for us, and we were able to watch the fireworks all around us as we headed back to the boat landing.