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Hayward happiness
August 8, 2011
by Jenni Sebora

Our family recently spent a few days with my husband’s family at his sister’s lake home in Hayward, WI. We don’t see them very often, so when we get together there is always a lot to catch up on, including fun. His family enjoys laughter and creating lots of great memories, thus, my children always enjoy time spent with them.

We had a family slumber party for two nights in a beautiful log cabin lake home surrounded by lots of trees and a very serene lake in the north woods. What more can you ask for? Because of the dense wooded areas, there are bears close to the cabin. Who also doesn’t like waking up to the call of the loons on a beautiful crystal clear morning?

Kayaking, boating, swimming, a trip into historical Hayward for ice cream, and a stop at the candy store were among the activities we enjoyed.

Hayward is a beautiful little city with lots to do all yearround. It is next to Namekagon River and home to thousands of acres of the Chequamegon National Forest. Hayward is home to the annual lumberjack championships and the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, which is the longest-running gathering of off-road bike riders in the world.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibewas host several powwows throughout the year in the area. The National Fresh Water Hall of Fame and Museum is housed in the beautiful city, as well. The 143-foot-long musky is full of fishing memorabilia and history. And, of course, the musky festival occurs each year, as well.

In the winter, Hayward pays host to the world-renowned American Birkebeiner cross country ski race. It is just as beautiful in the winter as in the summer.

Each dinner at the cabin was hosted by different members of our family, children included. On our turn, my sister-in-law, her daughter, and my children, made stir fry; a delicious salsa salad with corn, beans, lime juice, and other wonderful ingredients; and a fresh fruit salad. Each meal was something different, but the best part was the camaraderie we shared together.

A game of family bingo is an annual event that includes fun prizes, like a rubber chicken, Packer pencils (it is Wisconsin), and the list goes on. We also enjoyed a campfire with s’mores and a sing-along. No one cares if someone is off tune, and that is the best part about it. In fact, this year we started a new tradition – a family talent show. The rules included no booing or hissing and no winners or losers. It was stated that everyone is a winner.

The talents were huge. Card and magic tricks, high school cheers, instrumental performances, song and dance, jokes, yodeling (well, something like it), were among the talents shared. It was such great fun.

A beautiful setting, family, fun, memories shared – that is how summer should be spent.