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Independence Day 2015

Independence Day 2015 included time in the pool, a trip to Wamego to take in their Independence Day celebration, and then some fireworks back home to cap off the full day.

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June 2015 in Photos

Cookout in Berryton!

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Early this summer, the annual cicadas made their appearance, but were joined this year by a second brood – a rarer type that emerges only every 17 years: 150607 096

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Plentiful rains this spring meant plentiful MUD: DCIM120GOPRO

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Jazzhands!

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One of many summer days spent in the backyard pool: 

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…and almost always with popsicle-in-hand: 150614 040

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A bike ride to a local park:

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A stormy afternoon yielded to a low-slung rainbow to the east: 150705 029

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Independence Day 2015 in Photos

Independence Day 2015 started off like virtually any day off of work begins:  with a family run: DCIM120GOPRO

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But from there, it diverged from a normal day off.  We decided to spend the holiday in the small town of Wamego, Kansas — a town known for its Wizard of Oz museum (which we did not visit this day), but also known for it’s fantastic Independence Day festival.  A parade, carnival rides, and fireworks are all included.  We didn’t stick around long enough for the late-day parade or fireworks, but the carnival rides and some time in the sprawling park at the center of town were just the ticket.

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An exhausting day yielded to a 90-minute nap on the drive home which proved to be a sufficient recharge to justify some backyard time in the pool before evening fireworks in the back yard.

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Everyone was up much later than normal to take in a few of the neighborhood fireworks before bed, including Mae, with a great view right from her bedroom window:

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Summer Vacation 2014 in Photos

Our first big road trip as a family of four wrapped up last week. We travelled first to Yankton where we spent an overnight and were joined by Natasha and TJ. We then all caravanned west to Hill City, SD. The weather was wonderful, the company was wonderful, and the only complaint was the entire trip flew by in a flash — it was just too quick.

A quick picnic on the way to Yankton:

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Arriving at the cabin at Newton Fork Ranch in Hill City: 140613 A 111

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An overnight time lapse revealing the star trails over Newton Fork Ranch: 140610 Startrails 2 Small

A picnic at Bear Butte State Park: 140613 B 017

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A brief hike: 140613 B 030

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A beautiful, severe-warned thunderstorm rolled through during dinner; this was the view (non-photoshopped) from the cabin:

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Putting the wiffle ball bat to good use:

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