August 6, 2009

Bachelorette Weekend

I spent this past weekend in Apple Canyon Lake for Martha's bachelorette weekend. For those that don't know, Apple Canyon is located in beautiful western Illinois near Galena. If you haven't visited, you should. It's gorgeous!

We arrived around 5:00 PM Friday after a 2.5 hour drive and immediately grabbed our drinks for our golf cart excursion. Apple Canyon has a private trail that surrounds the lake, which was a ton of fun to explore. It was a great bonding experience - especially when we arrived at the flooded part and had to push the carts to the other side.

After our golf cart tour, we were invited to take a sunset tour of the lake on Annette's (a neighbor) boat. Despite the chill, it was a great tour. I seriously need to get a house on a lake with a boat. I would spend my entire day there!
When we got home, we were all exhausted (and tipsy). We had to force ourselves to make a fire because we didn't want to miss the opportunity, but we never got around to eating our s'mores. We all crashed in bed before 12:00!

The clouds threatened rain Saturday morning, so we were concerned about our beach plans for the day. We took a quick trip into town for some orange juice and ended up at a townie bar at 10:00 AM drinking mimosas in our pajamas. We were all shocked to see how packed the bar was so early in the morning, though most of the crowd was eating breakfast. We played a little shuffleboard while waiting for the clouds to clear.

At the bar, we made friends with some of the locals, and one offered to take us to see his friend's horses (Carla is a huge animal lover)... whom, by the way, was out of town for the weekend but gave him permission to bring us by nonetheless. People are so friendly in the country!

Once the skies cleared, we made our way to Galena Cellars, the winery and vineyard for a little tour and wine tasting. The vineyard itself was small but beautiful. The weather ended up being beautiful as well, so we sat in the yard with our wine and some snacks. It was such a relaxing afternoon. We learned the proper way to taste our wines and enjoyed tasting several. Until this point, I had only ever liked one kind of wine, but I walked away from this tasting with a whole list of tasty drinks. I even purchased three bottles to take home!

When we got home, we grilled some burgers and hot dogs, played a little Partini and enjoyed our second campfire - this time with s'mores. I could seriously get used to this lifestyle!

On Sunday, we spent the day lounging in the sun and playing ping pong and ladder golf. The weather was perfect, so we decided to head down to the beach and take a dip in the lake. It was a great way to wrap up our relaxing weekend. I already want to go back!

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