Our Favorite Summer Vacation MemoriesSubmitted by Affiance Financial on July 18th, 2019
Summertime in Minnesota — a few short months of (mostly) beautiful weather, along with boating, beaches, the Great Minnesota Get Together, a break from school for the kids, family vacations, and more! In this month’s blog, a few of our team members share their favorite summer vacation memories.
Mike Bayliss, Business Analyst — Every summer, my mom’s side of the family spends four days in Clear Lake, IA., where we rent a house on the lake where we can all stay together. Some of my favorite traditions during these trips are fishing on the lake, cooking big meals for about 20 of us, including the Council of Grillmasters outside, and plotting constellations on the roof.
Kyle Berg, Financial Planner — For the past six years, my family and I have gone to the Wisconsin Dells for a week with a family my wife and I have known from when we lived in Denver. They now live in Chicago and the Dells is almost half way to the mile from each of our homes. Our children are about the same age and all love it. We look forward to going each year.
John Busche, Investment Analyst Intern — My favorite summer vacation memory is going to my uncle’s cabin in northern Minnesota every year for the 4th of July. Swimming and pontooning on the lake, relaxing around the bonfire, and eating delicious grilled food – all while catching up with family and friends – are just some of the things I look forward to. I’ve made a lot of memories at the cabin over the years, and I always look forward to making more!
Steve Drost, Financial Planner — My favorite summer memory is playing high school baseball with my best friends back in Iowa. In Iowa, high school baseball is a summer sport, typically starting on the last day of school, with the state tournament at the end of July. One of the best times was making it to the state tournament our junior year, which was hosted at the Iowa Cubs Stadium in Des Moines.
Andy Fishman, Principal, Financial Planner — My favorite summer memory is all of the time spent at my in-laws cabin up north on Lake Vermilion. Both my family and my wife’s family would go as many times as possible to unwind and enjoy each other’s company while relaxing on the lake. Some of our favorite memories include boating, fishing, bringing the kids tubing, and making and eating s’mores.
Brendan Halleron, Financial Planner — As a kid, summer was the best part of the year. I would get up early every morning, my mom would give me a walkie-talkie so I could stay in touch, and then I was out the door for a day of fun with friends. We would bike all around our neighborhood and into the woods, exploring as much as possible. At night, everyone would go home for a quick dinner, then we would all meet back outside for night games including Capture the Flag and Ghost in the Graveyard. We would stay up late, then wake up early and do it all again all summer long.
Dan Lear, Financial Planner — This has been the summer of weddings for me. I’ve had trips to Austin, Chicago, and Boston, and I have a few more in Minnesota. It is very exciting seeing my friends and family start a new chapter in their lives. I am also starting a new chapter in my life this summer — my girlfriend, Amy, and I began living together.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time this summer watching the Minnesota Twins as we hopefully make a deep playoff push for us struggling Minnesota fans. I like to stay in Minnesota as much as possible in the summer to enjoy the great weather, the lakes, and to spend time with my friends, family, and adorable nieces. I always look forward to the Great Minnesota Get Together as well.
Steve Lear, Principal, Financial Planner — My favorite summer memory is my recent trip to Israel where I spent four weeks exploring, learning and teaching. Some stand out moments were taking in the history by visiting places that are over 3,000 years old, eating spectacular fruits, veggies, and breakfasts, and facilitating a workshop to help an organization improve team health and organizational effectiveness. This was my 9th time visiting Israel. My biggest tip for anyone making the long flight is to wear compression socks on the plane — they are a life-changer!
Maren Madsen, Client Service Specialist — Summer reminds me of one thing — dance! Growing up, summer was a busy time full of dress rehearsals, dance recitals, camp, and competitions. I traveled all over Wisconsin for dance camps, went to Chicago for competitions, and even Orlando, Florida for nationals. For two summers I traveled around the Midwest to instruct, lead, and facilitate dance camps to a variety of ages. Summer has always been a time of long days and hard work. In the end it was worth it because I created so many great memories from my years of performing and teaching/coaching. When I’m not dancing or coaching, you can catch me hiking, rock climbing, reading, and/or hanging out in my hammock.
Keely Matis, Marketing & Communications Specialist — My favorite memory of summer is the Minnesota State Fair! I have gone every year since I was born, and always make it at least twice a year. I enjoy walking around all day, soaking up the sun, watching all the different people, shopping at the vendors, trying new food, going on rides, and petting all the farm animals. I also like sitting in the audience for the live broadcasts of the news. My all-time favorite part is riding the Ye Old Mill!
Laurie Netznik, Director of Finance & HR — Some of my favorite summer memories were spending time at our hobby farm in Luck, Wisconsin. We were able enjoy our horses, garden, boating, and the small town community. We didn’t have a TV or any other electronic devices to distract us from enjoying nature and the moments we shared together as a family.
Nicole Nikolai, Front Desk Associate — Growing up in Milwaukee, some of my favorite memories include going to Summerfest every year. We would go multiple days, making sure we were able to see all of our favorite bands, try out all the food, and watch the fireworks. Another favorite memory was our big family trip every year to Wisconsin Dells. I loved all of the road games, treats and fun times spent with all of my cousins.
Megan Pace, Scheduling & Editing Specialist — My family loves to visit Lutsen, MN. The summer is just as enticing as the winter with hiking, swimming, and alpine sliding! Some of my favorite stories are told by the bonfire on the rocks of Lake Superior, whose constant presence is the backdrop of many of my family’s memories.
Steven Schoenberger, Financial Planner — As a kid, some of my favorite memories happened at camp where I now send my kids, too. I loved camp and hope my kids create the same type of memories there as I did. When I did get the chance to be home in the summer, it was such a treat that I never wanted to go anywhere. I typically save my vacations for when the weather isn’t as nice.
Eric Unger, Chief Compliance Officer — Memories are powerful and sometimes you don’t realize you are making them. Growing up, a summer vacation to northern Minnesota was something I took for granted. Now, looking back, those times with family are memories I’ll never forget. This summer, my wife and I took our five-year old daughter to Leech Lake. Watching her reel in her first walleye was a proud moment for me. Being together on this pristine lake with the sun setting and the loons calling was priceless. We hope our daughter will one day look back and treasure her vacation memories with us too.
Marc Usem, Financial Planner — My favorite summer vacation was backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota. I enjoyed the spectacular views of Lake Superior from high on the cliffs with crystal clear (and cold) lakes for swimming.
Patty Voigt, Operations & Compliance Assistant — My favorite thing to do in the summer (and all year round) is spend time with my grandkids. I make sure to visit them at least once a week, but more, whenever possible. We love going to play at parks, visiting different playgrounds, and building things with Legos.
Lupita Yonker, Client Service Specialist — My favorite summer memory is simple, yet meaningful — waiting for the bus to come pick up my daughter, Gabby, for daily summer camp. I opened the hatch of the minivan and we sat together waiting for the bus to pick her up while hurriedly applying sunscreen. We talked about her upcoming daily camp schedule and the special events of the day. While I thought that those hot, uncomfortable minutes waiting for the bus were torturous, Gabby told me those were very fond memories for her of our life in New Jersey.
Marcia Zappa, Director of Marketing & Communications — Every summer, my husband and I take some time off work for a Twin Cities Staycation. We’ve gone to Twins games, Canterbury, Vali-Hi Drive In, Valleyfair, and lots of parks and lakes. And, we always grill steaks. I’m really looking forward to sharing this tradition with my kids as they grow up.