Friday afternoon 6 of us set off for my friend Kristie's bachelorette party weekend. We headed north to Manhattan Beach Lodge in Crosslake, MN. When we got into town we stopped at Riverside Saloon Eatery. The weather was perfect to sit out on the patio overlooking the river. I had the calamari. It wasn't bad, I'm just more of a fan of the rings than the fries. The presentation was really cute though. One of the rooms had a deck off the back facing the lake so we hung out around there waiting for two more girls to show up. Once they arrived we started a wine tasting, ordered a giant 26 inch pepperoni pizza from Rafferty's, & played Cards Against Humanity. We tried to start a fire once it got dark out but it had been so rainy the week before that we weren't successful. Instead we all crowded into the hot tub until bedtime.
The next morning we all slowly woke up, ate breakfast, had some bloody marys & mimosas, & then tried to decide what to do for the day. While we waited for five more to show up the eight of us went into town to see if we could find any garage sales. We didn't find any but we did find a flea market. We also hit up The Chocolate Ox for some chocolate & candy as well as Crafts & Cones for some ice cream treats.
We talked about renting a pontoon but by the time they finally answered my call, 1 message & 3 calls later starting when they first opened, we were told that they were all booked for the day. We also talked about going to a nearby beach. Once the other five arrived however we decided to just make the most of the little beach area off the back of our resort. We talked, drank, & played a scavenger hunt game while there. Dares included arm wrestle a stranger, kiss the top of a bald man's head, & pose prom style with a stranger. We spent a few hours soaking up the sun & entertaining everyone else on the beach before it was time to get ready for dinner & going out. We ate at the resort restaurant. The waitress was terrible. She brought out extras of some things, mixed up orders for some people, & waited until she brought everyone their food to tell me they were out of what I ordered. Pretty sure she just forgot to put my order in because it went like this:
waitress: are we missing anything else?
me: just mine.
waitress: what did you order?
me : the loaded tots
waitress: oh we're out of that, would you like something else?
I wound up ordering another order of the same appetizer that the girl next to me had but we really just shared hers & then brought the leftovers back to the room because even though it was just pretzels, it took her another 15-20 min to bring that out. The place wasn't busy by the way. Luckily, I had eat a bunch for lunch & then continued to eat buffalo chicken dip the entire time I got ready for dinner. Otherwise I may have gotten hangry on her.
We caught the shuttle & then spent the rest of the night at a couple of different bars, The Bourbon Room & Moonlite Bay, where we met some interesting people, hung out, & danced the night away. When we got back to the resort we ate some cake & goofed around for awhile before everyone decided to call it a night.
Sunday. Was. Rough. I was so exhausted from the weekend. We slowly woke up, packed up, & headed home. When I got home I napped for a couple of hours. I'm still not sure if that was a good decision or not because I woke up even more exhausted. I sat on the couch & watched a lot of Bonanza. My brother came over & made chicken fried steak & potatoes for supper. It was really good. However, I was so exhausted I couldn't even muster up the strength to eat all of it. At one point I sighed while cutting up my steak & then announced that I had reached the point of exhaustion that I was about to get emotional, started crying, started laughing, & had to get up & walk away for a moment. After supper I returned to the couch, curled up with a blanket, blogged, & watched game shows. #TooOldToHang