FC: Eagle River Adventures By: Michaela Rusch
1: Every year since I was little, my family and I have been going to Eagle River, Wisconsin. We stay at my aunt and uncle's house on Duck Lake.
2: They own a pontoon boat, and we always take a ride down the chain of lakes. We enjoy visiting the Chanticleer Inn to eat dinner.
3: It is always the same routine; we order our food and drinks, then my cousins and I play on the playground until our food is ready, and then we eat, and it is always delicious. This trip to the inn started out in the same routine, but it ended with something none of us saw coming.
4: My family and I were having an amazing time sailing down the chain of lakes. We got to the Chanticleer Inn, and my Uncle Gregg parked the boat in the dock in front of the inn.
5: After it was parked, my family and I hurried inside and enjoyed our meals of juicy burgers, messy ribs, and spectacular steak. | So far, the night was just another typical trip to the Chanticleer Inn, but not for long.
6: Soon, all of us were back on the boat. My dad pushed us away from the dock into the middle of the channel. My uncle tried to start the motor, but it would not work. He persisted, but the motor was as still as a rock.
7: Suddenly, a wave of darkness swept over the sky, and out of nowhere there was a huge storm. The thunder boomed, and the lightning flashed, and we were stuck in the middle of it!
8: The once still lake now produced choppy waves that were sloshing against the side of the boat.
9: Fortunately, someone came walking out of the inn towards us. He quickly ran inside and told the owner we were stuck.
10: The owner had to rescue us in a rowboat! It was so small that he had to make at least two trips.
11: Once we were inside, the owner offered to drive us back to the lake house. The problem was that only two of us could fit in his car.
12: The rest of us had to wait in the inn and watch the Brewers game until my aunt could come and pick us up.
13: It was one of the most frightening yet exciting experiences of my life, and my family and I still talk about it today.