Takin’ a Break for the 4th of July

NOTE: I had this post ready to go weeks ago; but our internet has been down. Rats. Sorry for the delay.

With a tarp over the walls, and it being the beginning of July, the guys decided they could take a break for the 4th. We took our usual trip to McCarthy leaving Wednesday after work to drive all night so that we wouldn’t miss any of the July 4th festivities. We got in to the cabin at 5 a.m. and crashed into our beds to sleep for a few hours. By 10:30 we were up and ready (sort of) to face the day.

The Annual 4th of July McCarthy Parade lines up in front of our house before processing into town. So as we walked in we got to see the “floats” up close. They ranged in size from a semi with a log mill loaded on the back to a remote-controlled monster truck. This holiday is McCarthy’s biggest day of the year, its population swells to several hundred people for the weekend. And this parade is one of the highlights.

The big boy of the parade. A Rowland semi with log mill on the back.

The big boy of the parade. A Rowland semi with log mill on the back.

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Ben and Dave braved the slack line.

Ben and Dave braved the slack line.

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The kids (I know they’re adults, but still…) all went off in various directions going on hikes, visiting relatives, more hikes, etc. Dave and I stayed pretty close to the cabin. We did venture out for a trip to Kennecott to look around. But mostly we just enjoyed our own home place. Ahhh. I really LOVE having a cabin when I go camping. 🙂

Kennecott Mill building

Kennecott Mill building

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That’s my man.

Looking out over the glacier toward McCarthy. Yes, those gravel hills are actually glacier.

Looking out over the glacier toward McCarthy. Yes, those gravel hills are actually glacier.

Holly got us all looking for copper nuggets, she was very specific on the size and quality.

Holly got us all looking for copper nuggets, she was very specific on the size and quality.

Ben is carefully combing the hills for copper for Holly. Such a weird, er, good man.

Ben is carefully combing the hills for copper for Holly. Such a weird, er, good man.

Gravel boarding using a rusted barrel lid was the new sport of choice for this trip.

Gravel boarding using a rusted barrel lid was the new sport of choice for this trip. Notice Wyatt rubbing his hiney, he’d already tried it.

There's my manly men. So intelligent, so brave.

There’s my manly men. So intelligent, so strong, so photogenic.

Person men + water= MUST DIVERT!

Person men + water= MUST DIVERT!

They were positive this rock  had to me moved to another location. The aesthetics of the creek were not improved (in my opinion).

They were positive this rock had to be moved to another location.

One evening friends and family gathered for a BBQ around our big fire pit. We amused ourselves and one another with our grilling skills (or lack thereof) and witty conversation.

Bridger was grillmeister for his household.

Bridger, grill meister for his household.

Brittney and Kaleb...

Brittney and Kaleb…

Bridger and Julie

Bridger and Julie…

Kim and Jay

Kim and Jay…

Esther, perfecting the sear on her marshmallows.

Esther, perfecting the sear on her marshmallow…

Keith and Laurie

Keith and Laurie…

Kelly and Kim giving Jubal a talk.

Kelly and Kim giving Jubal a talk…

Dave toasting his marshmallow sans stick.

Evening entertainment: Dave’s sans stick marshmallow toasting trick.

Our evening concert.

Our evening concert: The Soggy Boots Band (yes, that’s their name) gave us a bit of bluegrass.

Our normal five day trip was shortened to four this year and we decided to go home by way of Palmer since we wanted to visit friends at Victory Bible Camp and attend a wedding. With the 4th behind us the guys are looking hard at what needs to happen next on the house project.

Lunch at Liberty Falls

Lunch at Liberty Falls

Ben hopped around so fast, it was difficult to get him in focus.

Ben hopped around so fast, it was difficult to get him in focus.

Holly, Ethan and Hannah Shafe friends of ours from Senegal, West Africa. Holly is working in Fairbanks this summer, Ethan and Hannah are working at Victory.

Holly, Ethan and Hannah Shafe, friends of ours from Senegal, West Africa. Holly is working in Fairbanks this summer, Ethan and Hannah are working at Victory.

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