A River Ran Through It


This is a re-post of the April 5th blog that I deleted!

Family vacations in Minnesota

Not the best lighting conditions for a family photo but I like this one anyway. 🙂

In March we were blessed with a chance to get away and enjoy a wonderful family vacation.  We spent some time on the white sand beaches of the Mexican Riviera and it was wonderful!  This year we went back to a resort we have visited previously and it was so interesting to have the same “returning guest” frame of mind that our repeat guests have when returning to Wildwood Resort.

Family vacations

The weather was cooler than normal and windy most of our week in Mexico. We still had a good time, though!

We knew stuff about where we were going.  For instance, we new that the coconut ice cream is to dies for.  And we knew that on the nights when there is a chocolate fountain AND coconut ice cream we would go back to our rooms with a sugar high, indigestion and chocolate stains on our clothes!  We snorkeled and swam in the ocean but mostly just laid on a chair by the beach for 6 days.  We rested, spent time with our family, caught up on our reading and ate guacamole with every meal.  It was heavenly!  There have been so many years that we just slugged on through our year with no vacation.  It’s hard to recharge your batteries when you are always running on empty!  Even though we came back to 12 inches of snow and subzero temperatures I can tell you that my reserves were full and I was ready for another busy season.    I hope you are planning a “life timeout” this year as well with your family or friends!

minnesota winter resort

At some point during every snowy winter Jay has to get the heavy snow off the roofs so the gutters aren’t ruined!

As I mentioned we came home from vacation to lots of snow.  The snowmobile trail conditions in mid-March were the best they had been all year!  In fact, snow conditions didn’t really become “unrideable” until the end of March.  We rode for the last time on March 26th and it was wonderful but also obvious that the snow was melting.  While heavy snow cover meant that snowmobilers have been happy it has also meant that the ice fishermen are not!  Deep snow with slush underneath has made ice fishing by truck or 4-wheeler impossible.  I don’t think we would even try it with our snowmobiles at this point!  Everyone fishing on our lake over last weekend walked out.

spring thaw in Minnesota

Fortunately, we got the water diverted before Cabin 2 flooded – it was a close call!

The combination of warm temps and lots of snow made Easter weekend interesting.  We spent several hours on Friday and Saturday trying to prevent cabins from flooding.  It was hard to redirect the runoff when we still had snow piles everywhere and frozen ground.  We almost lost the battle down at Cabin 2.  the water around the cabin was even with the floor of the cabin!  Nothing got wet, thankfully, but if Katie and her friend hadn’t alerted us to the situation when they did we would have had a HUGE mess.

spring thaw in Minnesota

After 2 hours of shoveling, pumping water and digging trenches we finally got the water to run away from the cabin. One of our summer guests helped us clean up the mess. Thanks, Al!

One of our summer guests was visiting Wildwood for the weekend and he helped us shove and chip ice to get the water flowing away from the building.  Even in the winter our guests bail us out!  We have an amazing Wildwood family!

Last year by the end of March Jay had demo’d two bathrooms and had a lot fo the yard work done.  This year we still have 5 oot drifts around the resort.  It’s a crazy year with alternating warm and firigd days but the stronger sun and longer days hold the promise of spring!  We’ve started our palnning for the upcoming season and we’re anxious to welcome everyone in for their spring and summer get-aways.  We hope wherever you are that you’re feeling spring!

Have a great week!

Kim & Jay

MN resorts

With lots of snow and really warm temperatures on Easter weekend we had some flooding issues. Cabin 2 almost went under!

Family vacations

We enjoyed a family vacation with my parents and my sisters!