4th of July Ely Parade 2010

So it’s about time I got around to telling y’all about my 4th of July weekend, right? As always, Mel and I headed up North to Ely to see the in-laws.  Here’s one of the fantastic sunsets we saw while we were there:

On Saturday, we decided to go for a little hike on the Bass Lake Trail.  Mel told us it was about 1/4th mile, which sounded just about right seeing as how Mel’s foot is broken and she has to wear this funny plastic boot all the time. (did I tell y’all that Mel broke her foot?  Well she DID).  Turns out, though Dry Falls was a little further than 1/4 mile.  It was probably closer to 3/4 miles, which is a long way to go without bending your ankle (or so my wife tells me…).

But the view was worth it:

Dry falls is awesome, and there were peeps all over the place:

(Dry Falls Trivia: 1. Dry Falls isn’t actually dry.  Both times I’ve been there there’s been water flowing.  2. The banner photo at the top of the SingleSpeed blog was taken at Dry Falls a few years ago).

On Sunday, we went to the Ely 4th of July Parade, which is always a total treat!!!!  Here’s some of my favorite shots:

Ely High School marching band:

WHOA!!!  It’s Miss Babbitt Leah Bissonette!!!!

Ely dancers are a mainstay of the parade:

The ZUP’s guy handing out Butterfingers and pepper (yes, you read that correctly, pepper – you don’t ask questions in Ely):

As always, the Lawn Chair Dancers were a crowd pleaser:

Also, the clown band is one of my favorites:

Back at the in-laws place on Moose Lake, I decided to take a dip in the lake.  I know it looks like I’m about to belly flop here, but I’m really not:

OK fine.  I flopped.

5 comments to 4th of July Ely Parade 2010

  • The parade looks awesome!

    Melanie – I am sorry to hear that you broke your foot. Can you still ride your bike? Will you be able to do Tour de Taco? and Bicycle Pacman(end of July)? I hope you are doing alright.

  • Aw! I totally miss the small-town parades! Did you go to town for the fireworks or did you have your own private show at the lake? How did Mel break her foot??

  • Ren

    I love parades. They are full of cheese that I fully support. Lawn chair dancers… that would be awesome!

  • Awww I was in Ely for the 4th once and I still remember it as easily the most fun I ever had on the 4th of July! And the Bass Lake trail is the best. This was perfectly timed — heading up to Ely for a week in the BWCA starting this weekend and now I'm even MORE excited!

  • @julie – we're not sure what Mel's gonna do about Tour de Taco… She might drive the support vehicle and hand out popsicles through the window.

    @Casey – Our 4th of July was fireworks free. No more fireworks on Moose Lake… Mel broke her foot playing tennis, because she plays SO HARD. Actually, she just kind of fell on the tennis court.

    @Ren – Ely is the only place I've ever seen lawn chair dancers. I can't imagine why it hasn't caught on.

    @Julie – have fun on your BWCA trip!!!