Once again, our temperatures plunged below zero, driving us under our down comforters. I can feel for the people down South, not used to this cold. No doubt about it, it is brutal.
My husband and I started making some plans for the summer. Yes, folks, break out those patio umbrellas and furniture, it’s time to party! Forget the cold! Forget the shoveling! Let’s talk barbecue.
We’re planning on some of the family visiting during the summer. The plan calls for boating, swimming, and lots of fun. There is one distinct advantage of living on a lake–it is like you are always at the cabin. The summer cabin is a Minnesota tradition, probably harking back to the Scandinavian institution of the summer home. It’s a wonderful emphasis on family, entertaining, and enjoying the outdoors.
Any given weekend, as soon as the weather gets nice, the roads out of town are packed with travelers. Everywhere, the family cars are all loaded up with their market umbrellas, water skis, and boats. Every weekend is precious.
The cabin can be some grand log home, or lake home as they like to call them here. Other times, they can be little modest cottages, with just enough space to grab a little shade under a half umbrella. It doesn’t matter. It’s “the cabin”, and it is the best place on Earth. The food tastes better here. The water is warmer. There’s more fun to be had than can possibly be imagined.
It’s a wonderful tradition, even if you’re the one stuck in traffic. Traffic going to work is awful. Traffic going to the cabin just intensifies the anticipation. The best part about it is that every weekend can be a holiday. If one weekend it rains, there is always next weekend. If last weekend was so much fun, how about we do it again next weekend?
The thoughts of many Minnesotans are traveling to summer and the north country. Before you know it, it’ll be time to open up the cabin and put in the boat.