We are nearing the end of our vacation together and I wanted us to spend some time with my parents. They were thrilled with the news of our engagement. They were the last ones to tell before we made the news public.
I had a big surprise planned for both Vern and Yaz, and couldn't wait to see the looks on their faces. First, we spent the day and a fun evening at the lake. We had a campfire and made s'mores. This was their first time having s'mores. I think Vern really liked them... he had two! While we were there the girls went four wheeling. It's something Heidi likes to do when we have visitors. Vernon has fallen in love with the U.P. and its scenery. He also really came to love the hummingbirds. He was insistent that there were no hummingbirds in the UK. I thought that was crazy, of course there are hummingbirds in the UK, with all those flowers... and after some research, we found there were no hummingbirds in the UK. We even came across a story about a guy who tried smuggling a bunch of them wrapped up in his pants... and got caught in customs. We thought that was amusing... poor little birds. I nearly convinced Vernon to get his mother a hummingbird feeder as a gift. What a sad gift that would have been. LOL
Dad and Vernon did some bonding.... dad was teaching Vernon how to grill. I enjoyed watching them. Vern looked like he was having a great time grilling.
Ok, now for the surprise. I took them to the rodeo! The rodeo comes to Iron River every year. It doesn't get more American than that does it? Everyone enjoyed themselves, from the barrel racing to the bull riding. The girls were a bit creeped out by the clown running through the stands, but that's pretty normal right?
At the rodeo, Yasmine asked me a very interesting question. She asked me why we sing the national anthem so often and also noticed that so many people have the American Flag hanging outside of their homes. Vern and Yaz were only here for two weeks, and in those two weeks, they had heard our national anthem three times. At the car races, the water ski show and then at the rodeo. It has always been normal for me so I never really thought about it. I just told her that we sing the national anthem before all sporting events and that Americans are very proud and patriotic.
The coolest part of the trip for me was the Shipwreck Tour in Munising. It was fascinating, interesting and eerie all at the same time. The boat we were on had glass windows on the bottom and you could see the shipwrecks so clearly. If you are ever in this area, I highly recommend it. The views are amazing as well.
Kid Rock made a video up in this area. When I hear this song I think of Vernon and the fun we all had up here as a family.
I miss you Vernon.