when the grandlidboms are in town visiting, it gives derek and i an opportunity to do some stuff without kids, a luxury you give up when you adopt a life on the road. since we are both keto-ing pretty hard, we decided to use our alone time to go on a longer hike than would normally be possible with tiny people. after some research, we settled on doing a stretch of the rubicon trail, which follows along the lake for like seven or so miles. we only planned about 4.7 of it, plus the 4.7 to get back, and ended up in the 10 mile range, which is definitely out of lidkid range.
i took lots of pictures of the island and the castle for hazel, who, if you read my previous post, was a big fan. at this point, i wasn’t heartbroken over her disappointment when our cruise didn’t go past it, but i still knew she would like to see some pics.
our destination for the day was the vikingsholm castle. it’s a summer house for a super rich lady, lora josephine knight, who had it built in the 30s. she used scandanavian architecture and decor for her inspiration and the craftsmanship was stunning. derek and i had a quick snack and then jumped in line for a tour.
the inside was even more amazing. hand carved wood accents. antique furniture and replica furniture (when the export regulations made it impossible to get the antiques across the ocean). so many books.
our tour guide was super. he told us a lot about the lady who had this built, how she came into money, her notorious philanthropy, and the history of the property to date. then he left us to explore a bit on our own, but remained to answer questions. the upstairs had several rooms for guests.
once we had wandered around long enough and taken sufficient pictures (trust me, i’m exercising great restraint in this post), we got back on the trail. on the way back, we stopped more often to take in the scenery. and fix blisters. and get water. and go to the bathroom. but mostly take in scenery.
last one. we were pretty beat by the time we got back. derek had giant bloody blisters the size of quarters on the backs of his heels because he lives in flip flops. final ascent and descent that began the hike obviously also ended the hike, and we quietly trudged through it. i had planned to take a dip in the lake when we were done, but realized that the stairs down to the lake from the parking lot were more than i cared to partake in, so we just loaded up and headed back to the hotel, where i took an actual tub bath instead. almost the same as dipping into the ice cold lake, i suppose.