Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Arrives at Cedar Rapids Lodge!

      Fall comes early to northern Minnesota, but this year it seems to be coming slower than past years!  That's a good thing, because we all know what comes after the fall season!  We are not ready for snow!  I can't get enough of the fall colors...and they are not even at peak yet!

      September is a slower time of the year...guests are a little quieter, pool is closed, playground is empty, but fishing continues!  Lots of crappies, bass, northern and a few walleyes!  The best part of fall and September has to be the sunsets!  These pictures were taken last night...15 minutes apart...I just couldn't stop looking!  Just awesome!

      We had a very short visitor a week ago that is beginning to remember her visits each time...
She's the perfect height for the stools in the lodge...making faces!
If you give a little girl a taste of ice cream, she will remember where you got it and beg for more!
She thought she was so cool riding her own four wheeler!  She giggled!

      We had a guest last weekend who brought a catamarand and it provided some awesome photos on a beautiful fall day!

 This kid LOVES doing fish guts with his Papa...and he celebrated their last chore...

We look forward to some quieter time to do our own fishing, reading, spending more time with our kids and grandkids!
I look forward to sewing and crafting...
Need to make more of these for the silent auction at our resort conference...coming soon!

As the resort season winds down, the construction of our "retirement home"/reunion cabin/retreat center...continues...We won't lack for something to do...we love watching the progress!
Walls going up in the walk-out basement.

Floor trusses on...beautiful sunset too!

Flooring sheets are done...ladder shows where stairs will be...main level is next!

If your family is looking for a place to make might want to check out this family resort in northern Minnesota!  We love this resort life and look forward to the 2015 resort season...after we get a little rest this winter!

Your family needs to come!  It might be your first family vacation at a resort...but I guarantee you it won't be your last!

Happy Fall!
And the Lodgemaster gets time to fish!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer at Cedar Rapids Lodge comes to an end!

      Where did the summer go?  All of a sudden it's Labor Day weekend...the last days for the pool...potlucks are over for the season...the last weekend for kids at the resort!
      It was an awesome summer for fishing...and continues into the fall...
Patsy's northern last week...

Her sister, Mem's big bass...both fish released!

Chris' giant northern last week...released!

Grandson, Calvin, and Grandpa the Great with their catch...consumed for dinner that night!

The candy counter supply is much smaller than this photo taken in June!  

We will miss all the decorated cabins...until next year!

With the resort season winding down...I find more time to...
Bake with this guy...
and his sister...
making blue muffins that don't last long on the plate!

I also will enjoy more time to play when grandkids visit...
Lucien couldn't wait to show me his missing teeth!

We treasure the grandkid pictures...
Youngest, Calli, had her first DQ cone...
And was very sad when it was done!  Can you see her tears?  Awww...

 I look forward to sewing and creating...

Samples of projects I hope to find time for this winter!

We continue the journey of building a home/cabin/reunion house/quilt retreat...
Lumber delivery yesterday...

Walkout basement and view of the lake!

We made our last batch of these...and they were a hit!
The resort dog, Wrigley, on her 10th birthday...she was upside down with excitement!

Thank you, Patsy, for sharing this beautiful sunrise last week...

And her sunset was equally beautiful!

In 2 days, we begin our 28th year at Cedar Rapids Lodge...where did the years go?  We treasure the memories and look forward to many more years at this beautiful piece of heaven!

Our first summer...1988...feeding the ducks...feels like yesterday!

It's not too early to plan your family vacation for 2015!  We are filling up fast!  Give us a call and come make your own memories!  

Happy Labor Day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Family...Fun...Excitement at Cedar Rapids Lodge!

     Summer at Cedar Rapids Lodge has been awesome!  The weather is beautiful, the fish are biting, but the most important part of our summer is that Grandpa the Great has been here for most of it!
We're blessed to have him...and our grandkids love him!  He mows, he chats with the guests, he's the king of crossword puzzles...and he even catches a fish once in awhile!

We just finished a very busy 2 weeks, but such a fun time with lots of relatives here...grandson Calvin had a carpetball tournament and it was a huge success!
Baby George got caught practicing before the tournament!

Eli celebrates his first win in the preliminaries!

Henry works his magic on his ball toss!

Eli can't look when his brother is competing!

Love this picture!  Shaking hands after their match!

And...the winner is...Anna!  She got a milkshake and she was so excited!

We had the annual "Margie's Fish Fry" on Thursday aunt fries the fish(with a little help) and we all meet for dinner.  Debbie always orders a cake and this year we celebrated 3 new guests in the family... their vacation memories start and Piper was only 2 weeks old!  It was baby heaven at the resort with all of them here for 2 weeks!

Earlier in the week, my cousin and her daughters helped the kids tie dye their own t-shirts...
And now I have a new photo for the 2015 brochure!!  We might have to make this a new kids' activity...if my cousins will come every week and help with the craft!

Now it's August 1st...the weather is beautiful...we still have some wonderful families coming in August and September to vacation with us!  While we keep busy with all the resort activity, we are drawing up plans to build a lake home for our "retirement"....with absolutely no plan to quit our day jobs!!  Here's the progress so far...
The landscape is being shaped for a home with a walkout basement...and you can see the beautiful sunset from this view too!

We took Steve's Dad over last night to see the work so far...I love this picture of Steve walking with his Dad up the incline where the house will sit....very soon!

In the meantime...we continue our summer season, providing vacations for all the great families who will come yet this year...and plan new projects around the resort for the 2015 season!
And....we never tire of this view each and every evening!