The moment I arrived home, I knew I'd be going to a lot of family events. One of those events was the family reunion up in the northern part of Wisconsin. Many years ago, my father searched for his biological mother and found her in the forested little town of Antigo. During times of ignorance, it was expected a woman go "visit her Aunt" up in the North if she found out she was pregnant out of wedlock. In my Dad's case, a woman by the name of Lorraine gave birth and gave up her first born, my Dad, for adoption. Because that is what you did. The biological father didn't want to have anything to do with Lorraine or my Dad. She was put in a difficult place. My grandparents couldn't have children and desperately wanted a child. It was here that they found my father and adopted him in the forests of the northern woods of Wisconsin. It was all "hush hush" back then.
After a year of investigation, my father and his biological mother eagerly agreed to meet. It was a very happy reunion. When it happened, he was exposed to a much larger family. They embraced him as one of their own. This time around, I'd finally get to meet that side of the family. And from a birding point of view, I knew I'd find some great birds around the cabins of the northern woods of Wisconsin.
Between family, I went off into the woods and watched the loons call to one another on the water. It was beautiful.
Night would arrive and we'd break piñatas full of adult beverages.
|My sister tries her hand at the piñata.|
|My mom hits the piñata with a resounding crack! and small bottles of liquid fire fall out. Adults rush to the ground for these delightful beverages.|
|immature American Robins|
I watch helplessly as J-man discovers a nice chocolate doughnut.
|7 ways of attacking a chocolate covered donut|
Then I see what the sugar has done to him. A Sith baby!
All around us, the forest is alive with young birds leaving their nests.
I had a blast with the nephews and nieces. Some are growing up too quickly. I was able to spend some time with quite a few of them, but there's never enough time to spend quality time with all of them.
|My nephew goes for a bird walk with me. We explore feathers, bugs, fish and birds.|