FOR MANY MINNESOTANS, summers at an Up North family lake cabin span generations. Not so for me.
But now, into my sixties, I am finally enjoying that quintessential summer experience thanks to the generosity of extended family who recently purchased lake property with a roomy guest cabin. They intentionally chose a place they could share with family. And I am grateful.
For five days last week into this, Randy and I were joined by our eldest daughter and her family and our son at the cabin near Cross Lake in central Minnesota. To have that family time together in such an incredibly beautiful natural setting was a gift. A joy. A much-needed respite from reality.
Randy and I never left the lake place together until we left. No trips into town, mostly because of COVID-19 concerns. But Randy did surprise us with an unexpected Monday morning run to Valeri Ann’s Family Foods in Ossipee for her heavenly homemade caramel rolls. He got the last two.
We found plenty to do at the lake cabin. Time in and on the water. Time watching eagles and loons. Time fishing. Time dining lakeside. Time in the hammock. Time around the campfire. Time with the grandkids, ages four and 18 months.
There is nothing quite like immersing one’s self in the northwoods lake experience.
I will always treasure hearing Isaac giggle at the fish wiggling on the end of Grandpa’s fishing line. I will always delight in watching Isabelle wiggle to her made-up “I Got the Wiggles” song on the lakeside deck. I will always cherish memories of walking outside at night with Randy and Izzy to show our granddaughter the stars. I will always remember seeing my eldest glide across the water on a paddleboard, her daughter sitting on the front.
I will remember, too, walks down the long evergreen-lined driveway, the many minutes standing at the fork in the drive, neck craned to watch the resident eagles.
So many memories. So much happiness. So much peace.
And, for my grandchildren, the beginning of summers Up North at the lake cabin.
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© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
My you are very close to us! Wish you had time for a visit.
Glad you have had the opportunity to enjoy scenic up north and all it has to offer. Great summertime weather for all your outdoor activities.
It would have been wonderful to see you, Sue. Maybe one of these visits…this one was just for our family.
I need a million heart emojis for this. So happy you were able to get away. So happy you had a wonderful place to get away to. So wonderful to be with family. Just so happy for you in every way. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, my dear friend. I know you recognize how much this get-away meant to me.
Sounds like a wonderful get away.
It was, Paula. Exactly what I needed. How are you?
Things this week haven’t been the best, but considering what others are dealing with we are in good shape. Thanks for asking.
I’m sorry, Paula.
Glad you enjoyed it. So thankful for the opportunity. We’ll have to check out those caramel rolls next time.
I highly recommend those caramel rolls. We didn’t get to the ice cream shop, but opted instead for a carton of ice cream. Less costly and easier.
Sounds like you had a great up north experience!!! I love it up there on the lakes…lots of good memories.
Our time at the lake was memorable, fun, relaxing. Exactly what I needed.
I am SO HAPPY that you were able to do that trip together. It looks beautiful! And I am also very jealous of the loons. They migrate through here but we never see babies and they’re always at such a distance. Rarely hear them at all. How wonderful it all looks!
Gretchen, our time at the lake was wonderful. In every way.
I didn’t know loons migrated through Worthington. I stand corrected in my caption then that loons can’t be seen in southern MN.
I can hear the peace and joy in the words of your post. There is nothing quite like cabin time ESPECIALLY with family. I’m so glad you and Randy had this opportunity to hang out with your kids and grands. The memories will live on forever. 🙂
Now I understand what you experience at the cabin with your family. Our time with family, especially Izzy and Isaac, was the best.
That sounds heavenly