Ladies weekend

Lake Mary sunset 9434_StaatsA sure cure for stress is a weekend trip to a lake up north.  Add in a group of wonderful friends and a cabin on a lake and everyone comes away in better spirits.  It was ladies weekend on Lake Mary, south of Alexandria.  We got out of our cars on Friday night, walked into the cabin and left our stress behind.  From then on it was relaxing, laughing, resting, and sharing — it was decompression of the best kind.  Throw in a beautiful sunset with the slightest of water ripple near the shore, a sky full of twinkling stars, a deck overlooking the lake with the warmth of the sun on our backs, and wonderful conversation; five friends found it hard to pull ourselves away today to return to the cities and our upcoming Monday.

Early morning at Gull Lake

Gull Lake morning 7838_StaatsI was lucky to have a great friend visit this past weekend.  No matter that our beautiful autumn has passed and the colors are gone, we went exploring and hiking and got caught up on each others lives.  We headed north to the central lakes region of Minnesota and stayed at the historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.  Two days before our arrival they had a couple of inches of snow, and although it was chilly the weather was fine for us.  In the morning we walked along the lake, and this scene truly seemed to represent a lovely late summer’s day (although in reality the temperature was 34 degrees and the wind was blowing).  I feel fortunate to have wonderful friends in my life, and this long weekend reminded me of a quote I read recently:  “You can always tell when two people are best friends because they are having more fun than it makes sense for them to be having (author unknown).”  And so it was for us!