We finally made it back last night after a loooooong day of travel. Minnesota was beautiful and relaxing as always, plus the added bonus of getting to see it through the eyes of a two and three year old who were full of imagination. Below are a few of my pics from the trip
A little backstory: My Grandma and Grandpa bought this cabin over 60 years ago after seeing it advertised in the Chicago Tribune (weird place to find a cabin located 650 miles away) As avid outdoors people, they found the place rustically appealing. Every summer they took my Dad and Aunt to spend the summer fishing, canoeing, boating and swimming. It truly was (and still is) a kids paradise. My parents were both teachers so once we kids came along, we spent all our summers there as well. The cool part is that the majority of the cabins along our “path” we purchased in the same manor and, as we are, currently hosting their fourth generation of the same family.
The first stop is always the Y store. Our cabin is on an island, inaccessible by car, so you always have to stop at the Y store to call the cabin so someone can bring the boat over to pick you up. Ok, the real reason is to eat ice cream. When I was a kid, the Y store was much smaller and the scoops were MUCH bigger, but it was good none the less
Taking the boat across
Although its getting more modern, this part of the country is still pretty wilderness-y. The majority of our time is spent reading, swimming, walking in the woods, sitting by the fire pit, eating and drinking (My Fave!) . Lucky for the Hubs, they built a casino across the lake that has a super awesome golf course (his Fave!) so he got to do a bit of golfing while he was there. The first day he golfed with my Dad, Aunt and Cousin. We met them across the lake afterwards for 2 for 1 prime rib night at the casino! OH YEAH!! Also, My uncle celebrated his B-day while we were there, so one night we had some awesome bacon wrapped filets. Lets not forget S’mores by the fire each night while waiting for the spectacular star show
And, as I mentioned before, Its so wonderful to see this place through the eyes of my nieces and nephew. I love to see their imaginations run wild. I especially enjoy the hilarity that comes out of their mouths. Such gems as: “When I grow up I’m going to eat spicy foods” and “I’m going to go inside to pee and poop and fart” Aren’t they darling? Elsa, age 3, told me one day that she wanted to “squat behind the tree like her friend Andy” I told her to “do whatever she wanted to” and 2 minutes later I heard my Dad yelling from the backyard “Hey! What are you doing with your pants off?!?!” The little lady learned to squat and pee. HA! They were so funny to be around.
That being the 4th Generation, allow me to share a pic of the first. My Grandma is 98 years old and still makes the 650 mile trip by car each year to spend her summers at the lake. She’s been a great mentor when it comes to loving the outdoors and I was so happy to be able to spend the week with her.
Great trip overall! Hit the Y store for some more ice cream before hitting the road for the 4 hour drive to Minneapolis then endured 6 hours of flying and stopping before arriving back in SD. Vegging today to recover from the travels