A First for Us-No Christmas at the Lodge!

It’s been a tradition for us to spend a few days at the Lodge for Christmas and New Years completely unplugged!  Naked, if you will!  The weather this year was unbelievably cold, with highs not even expected to reach 0 degrees.  We must be getting old and soft, we opted to stay right here at…

That Day of the Year….Again!

It comes in October every damn year!  The day that we turn the water off and shut down the Lodge for the summer.  This doesn’t mean we don’t make the trip to the Lodge, we just have to rethink our…”rituals” !  It is the worst day of the year, for the most part. The boats…

And Just Like That…

And just like that, summer has almost…almost, I say, officially ended.  50 and sunny skies, not a lick of wind on the lake, and time to pull the pontoon out for the year!  It seems like it was just last week that we snuck down to the landing and launched! The summer was full of…

An Escape from the Lodge

Sometimes you need to get away from the norm!  Our annual trip to the BWCA didn’t disappoint!  After gathering gear from the Lodge, we headed to Basswood Lake in the BWCA.  The campsite we ended up at may be a rival to the Lodge.  It was the Taj Mahal!  Although the fish didn’t cooperate, the…

Labor Day Recap

A month late is better than nothing!  Labor Day weekend 2017 was as normal as most Labor Day weekends!  Great food, great friends, a hot sauna, and lots of laughs! Val & Matt joined us for another year of end of the summer shenanigans!  We hooked up with the Holte’s and the rest of the…

Lovin’ the Lodge

It never fails, every year someone asks to spend time at the Lodge!  The door is always open!  In 2003 or so I interviewed a guy who wanted a job at one of the radio stations I was the VP at in Northern MN.  He wanted to be a disc jockey, but I felt his…

It’s Been a Hell of a Month!

Man, the rain hasn’t seemed to stop this summer!  The Mayor says we’ve had 21 inches of rain since he moved out to the lake in late April!  That’s a lot of rain!  Early September proved to be a ball buster with 4+ inches of rain in 20 hours.  Long Lake rose quickly.  In fact, in…

The Summer Is Flying By!

As it usually does in northern Minnesota, the days get long and the summer seems to get shorter!  Seems like just yesterday we were enjoying a MN fishing opener, and Memorial Day, and now we are close to the 4th! We’ve removed the old Sauna from the property, and have begun to make sure our…

Back at it again!

It’s been a while since the last post!  Summer has finally reared its head at the Lodge, with temps hitting 91 this weekend!  We can only imagine what the summer holds! The puppies made great work out of the dock!  The sauna does not disappoint. And the old retired sauna building is set for demo…