Like all good Minnesota families, we have a cabin Up North. Ours is a true cabin. It’s meant for three seasons, but we use it all four. It has running water, pumped directly from the lake, but with the benefit of a hot water heater for showers and washing dishes. Drinking water comes in a large jug we bring from home. Heat emanates from the fireplace, or wood stove – sometimes both. Appliances are limited to stove and refrigerator. No TV, no phone. And limited cell coverage. I hope it stays that way.
Two bedrooms and main room/kitchen make for cozy space. Carving a bunkhouse out of the front of the shed when the kids became teenagers was a timely idea – they could make as much noise and stay up as late as they wanted, and we didn’t mind. Add a sauna, and that’s it. Simple is best. That’s what cabin life is all about.
Naturally, being in Minnesota, our cabin is on a lake. There is nothing better than waking up on a summer morning, pulling back the curtain and peering out at a glorious sunrise. Hearing the loons call is added glory. Ours is a spring-fed lake, deep and cold. No matter how warm the summer, swimming is always “refreshing.” The guys love fishing, the girls prefer hanging out on the dock. Night times mean playing games or reading books. Sometimes a bonfire or late-night sauna and jump in the lake.
There is no better place for family time. We bought the cabin not long after our youngest was born, and we have the best memories from time spent there. We have a journal recording each visit and photo albums full of pictures. And plenty of stories to tell.
Tomorrow we head up there to open it up for another summer – let cabin season begin!