Keeping Cool in Summers Gone By

Chilling at Big Mantrap Lake

My family was large and our summer vacations generally involved camping at a lake in Minnesota. Over the years, our favorite spot changed; when I was in high school, we started going to Big Man Trap Lake, in Hubbard County, Minnesota. It is part of the Paul Bunyan State Forest.ย  No way is it glamping. It is not fancy. No electricity. No flush toilets. Water from a well. But it is a true Minnesota camp ground. Park Rapids and Itasca State Park are within easy driving distance. I haven’t been “to the lake” since 2008, when we had a sizable gathering including five of my siblings and their kids at least for part of the time. One of my sister’s and our extra sister have gone to Mantrap for a week in August for decades. After my niece’s wedding (the one with the gladiolai) at the end of July, I will spend a week at camping with a couple of my sisters, assorted nieces and nephews, and close family friends. I am looking forward to it. A few shots from trip. (P.S. No one in my family or anyone I ever grew up with called it car camping, which seems filtered into American media and blogging.

A few other favorite shots from an earlier trip in 1981.

Dad, Fishing 1981

Mom, carving loon,1981

Campsite 1981

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Family, memories, Minnesota

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Gosh, Marie … I feel as if I’ve been “up north” with you and your family! Everyone seems to be having such a wonderful time in your photos. What a gift that time together is. And thank you too for sharing those “blast from the past” photos, which took me right back to my own Minnesota childhood. Great post!

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Thanks, Heide. I’m looking forward to my week at the lake. We always do have a good time when we get together. Laughter reigns supreme. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi. One of my younger sister made friends with a girl in kindergarten. Over the years (about 40), she has become like part of the family so we call her our extra sister. ๐Ÿ™‚

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