For the past few summers, we try to spend a few days near Alpena, in a cottage, by a lake, with extended family. It's quaint and rustic and leisurely. There are campfires and walks and sandcastles. There are potlucks and music mornings and crafts. There is swimming and paddle boating and swinging. There are sunrises and sunsets.There are books and conversations and photos. This year there was even a baby shower and a butterfly lesson and a trip to the Dinosaur Gardens.