We recently had our final trip of the summer to the ‘cabin up north’. When I got ready to sit down to write this blog while I was there, I looked outside and the sun was already setting by 8pm . . . UGH! And now it’s even earlier . . . Typically, we don’t see the sun go down up north until nearly 9:30pm in early summer.
I hope you enjoy some of my memories from our time there:
As I write this It’s an absolutely beautiful evening so I’m taking advantage of the screened in back porch to avoid the mosquitos. I love the sounds of the crickets and frogs chirping, kids splashing down at the lake, and final fishing boats pulling in for the night. Admittedly, I don’t take advantage of the porch as often as I should!!! It’s a melancholy time for most Minnesotans as we know summer is swiftly coming to an end. A big part of Minnesota Culture is Cabin Culture. We live for our 3 months of summer and trips to the cabin . . . and as the end of August nears, you can feel the Cabin Fever Fading.
It’s easy to understand how Cabin Culture began in Minnesota as there are so many Scandinavians that live here. My Mother’s family is from Sweden, and on our trips to Sweden and Finland we often traveled to our family’s cottages in the woods to pick berries, hike, sauna, and jump in the freezing cold lake . . . we’ve carried those traditions on at my folks’ cabin as the summer lake jump or snow roll in the winter after a sauna has become the favorite thing to do!
Although most Minnesotans close up their cabins in the fall, my parents, like true Scandinavians, keep theirs open year round in order to enjoy the Norwegian Kick Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, and Snow Shoeing.
Minnesotans enjoy their cabin lives for many reasons: solitude, nature, sport, etc. . . . The main theme is family reunions where family members from across the country gather to partake in the great outdoors, celebrate holidays like the 4th of July, and enjoy Mom’s Home Cookin’! It’s an awesome time for the different generations to go offline and really connect face to face!
Fishing and Food are first priority at our cabin! The kids love to fish with Papa to get ready for the big Fish Fry with Papa’s Homemade German Potato Pancakes!
Our puppies love the cabin visit as much as we do . . . they love fishing, chasing the loons, staring at the hummingbirds, and jumping off the dock.
We have to do our best to keep them away from the eagles overhead and the bear on the path!
The big draw to the cabin is of course the lake . . . after all, we have over 10,000 of them! Whether it’s diving off the dock, learning how to ski from your expert 75 year-old Grandpa, kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, or fishing, the day revolves around the lake.
I know every state has its vacation spots: ‘down the shore’, ‘in the mountains’, ‘on the beach’, etc. . . Hopefully one day you’ll have a chance to experience Minnesota’s Cabin Culture some day! If you’re a Minnesotan, I’d love to hear what your favorite lakes and cabin traditions are! If you are not a Minnesotan, let me know what your state’s favorite vacation spot is so that I can check it out someday. Hope you’re all able to enjoy the remainder of summer at your favorite spot!