Reliving my Childhood: Lake Arthur Regatta 2014

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lake arthur boat

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my childhood visits to Morraine State Park.  On August 2nd & 3rd, they were having a free event up there:  The Lake Arthur Regatta.  I figured we’d take the kids up Sunday and have some family fun.

It stormed all morning.  The worst combination of harsh thunderstorms and unrelenting downpours that I’ve seen all year.  Kind of like when I picked the warmest weekend of this winter’s polar vortex to go skiing.

As the afternoon started creeping in, the rain started slowing (a relative term here,) and we decided to head up, fully expecting to have to turn around when we got there.  Turns out it was perfect timing.  As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, the storm clouds parted and the glorious sun beamed down again.  All was right on Lake Arthur.

morraine state park


The first place we headed was the kids’ tent.  There was so much to do!  We colored some Skippy Jon Jones masks provided by the Children’s Theater (sadly we had missed their performance.)  They also had some pretty rad tats.

regatta tattoo la

I helped a toddler use nails and wood glue to build what was supposed to be a heart basket.  (That was scary.  Especially the real hammer part.  But the little one was so proud of their work, it was totally worth it.  And I’m the one who decided it would be a good idea to help a toddler work with a hammer in the first place.)

kids woodshop


They even got an apron!  How freaking cute is this?

kids apron

They had rock climbing, which looked pretty cool, but I was a little busy chasing kiddos around.

rock climbing wall


It was so neat to look around and see things I had remembered from my younger days….people fishing…

morraine state park fishing


…people kayaking…

kayak lake arthur pa


…people enjoying the beautiful land and water to its fullest.

Before we left, we stopped at the picnic ground I remembered from my youth.  Everything was the same…the water, the sand, the sticks, the lawn…  Except for the trees.  The trees were much shorter than I remembered them.

But then again, I suppose I’m a lot taller than my parents remember me.

We left muddy.  We left laughing.  We left with childhood memories that I hope will last them a lifetime.


7 thoughts on “Reliving my Childhood: Lake Arthur Regatta 2014

  1. No More Waffles

    Sounds like you had a blast! Great pictures too!
    I wish we had such a quiet and peaceful lake nearby!

    Haha, shorter trees. I also had something similar when I was 16. My parents and I went back to a place I used to visit as a kid where they had a long death ride. I was so excited to go on the death ride again… Only to find out it was actually quite small and I was way too big to even fit on the damn thing. 🙂

    1. femmefrugality

      That’s too funny! And my Republic Moto X deserves all the acclaim… I’m not to great of a photographer on my own. :p It’s always an interesting experience to go back to childhood haunts.

  2. Kate

    Aw, glad you had a good time with your family. I’m sure it’s rewarding being able to see the experience from a new perspective, too.

  3. Kalen

    That’s awesome! It sounds like a blast! Making memories is what it’s all about. It’s great to have those memories that kids will never forget. 🙂

  4. Eli Pacheco

    I love that you wrote about this! There’s something awesome about seeing our kids doing the things we loved as a kid. It’s a simple as my daughters wearing a T-shirt I had as a boy … you get to remember yourself at their ages, and what it’s like. Beautiful.


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