A Weekend at Sunflower Cottage

Recently my family went up to the “grandparent’s” cottage for a weekend getaway. Nestled in the woods along the Titabawasee river in Alger, the cottage is frozen in time, a relic of a bygone era. No insulation, furnace or city water there! DSC_0544-1

We spent a bit of time tidying when we arrived, but afterwards I made memories by teaching my younger siblings how to play kings in the corner while four of us were crammed onto the bed above the cab of the camper with a fifth watching from the ladder. 🙂 In the evening we went out for a walk after 11pm and laid in the middle of the dirt road and gazed up at the starry sky. To my delight, I saw three shooting stars! 😀

The next day we sampled the local restaurants, perused the local antique shops and went to Tractor Supply for the first time. (I bought cowboy hat.) 🙂

That night the whole family enjoyed yummy s’mores and watching Iron Giant again; laughing uproariously at the toilet humor. “Landslide, its new.” 😉 Other activities were taking out the paddle boats, going on bike rides with the sibs, jogging, walking with various family members, swimming… etc. But my favorite was definitely the paddle boats. It’s a team effort to get anywhere in them and I had several buddies to help me out!


Being out on the river was amazing, not only because it’s beautiful but because of the numerous photo ops it provided for my itchy shutter finger. 😀 I’m only a hobbiest, but there’s nothing quite like capturing that one picture that makes you go wow. I think I captured quite a few. 🙂

For the short amount of time we were there, we fit a lot in and had a blast while doing it!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Paddleboats Ahoy!

While my family was vacationing at the grandparent’s cottage up north this weekend, we had the opportunity to go paddleboating – which I have never done before this trip. 

DSC_0195 Although one can technically use a paddleboat by oneself, its so much more fun to have a crew. 🙂 DSC_0249
(See? Siblings can be super useful. 🙂 I’m the one taking the pictures.)

The Titawbawasee is a sizable river. See that speck in the middle of the pic? That’s what we looked like in comparison to our surroundings.


My crewmates. 🙂DSC_0297

Quite a workout…DSC_0323

Sean did a great job with the steeringDSC_0377

Beholding the beauty of the river.DSC_0443

The views were breathtaking and I couldn’t stop hitting the shutter.DSC_0314

I can’t even say how many pictures I took… 😉DSC_0328

The neighbor’s paddleboat. They let us borrow it later. 🙂DSC_0353

We encountered many many lily pads.




Water lily…DSC_0792

A mossy old stump that has become an island. DSC_0829



I would like to give a shout-out to all my paddle buddies this weekend – couldn’t have had this cool golden year experience without you!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project: Complete!
Check out some of the nifty things I did down below!

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/20/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall
  4. 3/10-12/2015: The Amazing Chi-Town!
  5. 3/18/2015: On Target… or Not.
  6. 4/11/2015: The Tridge
  7. 4/17/2015: Play Me a Song
  8. 5/2/2015: Make a Run for It!
  9. 5/31/2015: Handy Dandy Eye Candy
  10. 7/2/2015: Tri-Harder
  11. 8/14/2015: Paddleboats Ahoy!