Sunday, July 8, 2012

the 4th!!

Precursory information: I love July 4th!  Always have.  Except this one was quite different than the usual.

This was the first 4th I have spent away from Rochester in a very very very long time.  Longer than I can remember.  When we are there we have a great day grilling and partying with friends and family and then we spend the majority of the evening at Silver Lake eating and playing games and watching fireworks and then getting stuck in traffic for the next 2 hours.  I love it.  It's predictable and I wouldn't have it any other way.

So how did we celebrate in our home away from home?

Well we grilled steaks and ate on our porch, which was delightful.  Then I really wanted to watch fireworks so we decided we would try to find a good spot to park and watch the show in Murray.  We didn't want to leave our car in case one of these wildfires broke out and we needed to make a quick drive out of state...  We found an awesome parking spot by a cemetery and right when the show started we noticed that our view was obstructed.
Giant tree right in the line of fire.  Seriously it was disappointing to say the least.  My pregnant hormones burst me into tears so we moved on to find a new spot.

We drove and drove for like 10 minutes (as a tearfully watched out the back window) and finally found a wonderful spot to watch the fireworks...

We pulled over on a very busy, loud state street and had the beautiful backdrop of best buy below for the remainder of our firework show.  It wasn't as glamorous as years past on a poo-filled silver lake, but it did suffice.

Needless to say it was a wonderful first fireworks away from home.  Our backdrop may have been ugly, but to me it looked a little something like this...

God bless america!

haley Johnson