Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th!

we stay home on the 4th
because Excelsior 
on the 4th of July
is a little slice of Americana

It's an eclectic little town
one square mile
bordered on three sides by a lake
and one by a highway
(I live closer to the highway)
we have to figure 8 around it to get a 3.5 mile walk
each morning with the mutt
I snapped these photos one morning on my walk

by eclectic I mean there are multi-million dollar lake homes
along with regular houses
and section 8 apartments
unlike most of the other lake towns
which are a bit more fancy
and don't want me to live there

the photo above is one of my favorite houses in town
it's actually a guest house for a bigger lake home

I like this little path
and a peek of the big house in back

in that one square mile there are 3 ice cream shops
yes three

2 bakeries
and 7 bars
4 with live music every weekend

the best little shop for teacher gifts
and hostess gifts
and bff gifts
and gifts for your wife

yesterday the girls and I hit the beach

while the boys caught fish

today we will kayak

30,000 people will descend to see the fireworks
and the Minnesota Orchestra
it is chaos
and Tuesday we get the town back to ourselves
and you get back to my regular programming
and I promise no more photos of my patio

what are you doing this 4th of July?

peace out


  1. you live in a great town!
    is it like being on vacation forever??

  2. I am out of control jealous.

  3. oh, i loved this post and photos.