Ask the Readers takes a break for a final week while I’m on my trip. Instead, I’ll regale you with tales from my travels (see Part 1 and Part 2: Alepocalypse). In this week’s edition, I tell you about Physician on FIRE’s (PoF) piece of Pleistocene Paradise.
After a long strange trip with PoF last week, I needed some downtime. Between all of the biking and beering, relaxation was what the doctor ordered. Fortunately, PoF agreed to let me recover at his second home.
We departed Minnesota bright and early and hit the open road. Our first stop was Duluth, a beautiful city on the Western shore of Lake Superior. I like large mechanical things, so seeing the lift bridge in action was a treat:
We stopped in Marquette the next day where we saw this structure. It was built by mysterious aliens eons ago:
We say more signs of alien life at Lakenenland:
PoF’s Piece of Pleistocene Paradise
PoF was awesome enough to let us use his second home. You may think that an anesthesiologist would vacation at a 5,000 square foot mansion on a private beach, but remember that PoF adheres to the principal of stealth wealth. PoF bought his vacation property for the minuscule sum of $15,400:
But don’t let the price fool you, PoF’s vacation home is a little piece of paradise. His place sits on a beautiful, clear lake that was formed during the Pleistocene. The Pleistocene was the last glacier age and the lake was left behind when the ice retreated.
Our girls didn’t want to hear about glaciers though. Instead, they spent many hours trying unsuccessfully to catch fingerlings (baby fish):
The dinosaurs got up every morning before dawn to take in the sunrise:
And the Mrs. and I practiced our… um…
Big thanks to PoF for sharing his family’s wonderful home with us.
On the way home, we stopped off in Madison for an evening. We did what tourists in Wisconsin do on Friday night, eat fried fish:
Saturday morning, we headed to the farmers’ market before heading for home.
This was our first experiment with slow travel. We were away for over two weeks, something that would have never been possible if I had a job. I still planned too much, but our pace was slower. A couple memories stick out:
- The PoF and 1500 families like to read. One evening at PoF’s primary residence, we all grabbed a book and a comfortable place to sit and just read. In vacations past, I never would have taken the time to read.
- At PoF’s cabin, there was a day when I didn’t plan everything. This is highly unusual for me. It was good.
I look forward to slowing it down even more in the future. I’d love to rent some place on the water and plunk my ass there for a month with a stack of books in my backpack, running shoes in my suitcase and some beer in the refrigerator. Next summer…
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